5 Steps To Use A Black Pepper Grinder Correctly 

A black pepper grinder is a very common addition to a kitchen that could be found in every household. While many would prefer getting black pepper powder ready-made from the market, having freshly ground black pepper is always a better choice.

However, despite the common usage, not many people know how to properly use a black pepper grinder. In this article, we have recorded how to use a black pepper grinder correctly in five easy steps. Ready to learn? Read on to find out! 

Wipe and clean the grinder 

Whenever it comes to food, hygiene should always take priority. Similarly, you should always be careful of keeping your black pepper grinder clean. To clean your black pepper grinder, make a mixture of white vinegar and water (one part white vinegar and four parts water) and pour it in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture over your black pepper grinder and wipe it clean with a clean cloth. 

Filling up with fresh peppercorns 

Next, you need to fill up the grinder with black peppercorns. You need to unscrew the top part and take out the dispenser. That way, you can fill up the grinder without creating much mess. You can fill up the grinder by using any one of the three tools— a spoon, a funnel, or by using paper. 

Adjusting coarseness 

Next, you need to set the coarseness level. The reason why black pepper grinders are so popular is that you can get your desired coarseness, along with freshly grounded pepper, any and every time. 

You can adjust the coarseness level by doing the following— turning the nut on the grinder either clockwise or counterclockwise. When you turn the nut clockwise, the peppercorns will be grounded finely. However, when you turn the nut counterclockwise, you will get more coarsely ground peppercorns. 

However, make sure you do not turn the nut too tightly because then, the grinder will not operate at all. At times, it may even damage your grinder. Therefore, try the level coarseness by adjusting the nut but don’t close it too tightly. 

Cleaning after use 

Remember how emphasized hygiene and cleanliness? Well, it is important to keep them in mind once you are done using your kitchen apparatus as well. The same applies to your black pepper grinder. 

To clean your grinder, here are the steps you need to follow:

  • Clean the grinder by making sure there are no pieces of peppercorns stuck inside
  • Disassemble the grinder by bringing all the parts apart. Be sure not to lose any part as your grinder may not work that way anymore. 
  • Brush the burr properly to get rid of any pieces clinging to it.
  • Use the white vinegar and water solution mentioned earlier to clean the wooden body of the black pepper grinder. 

Reassembling and storing 

Lastly, once you are done cleaning, you can put them back together and store them away for the next use. Be very careful while reassembling so that no part is damaged or lost. As for storing, it is advised that you store it in a place that is not humid or exposed to moisture as that can lead to the forming of mold. 


Black pepper grinders are incredibly useful kitchen apparatus and highly versatile as well. You may not only use it for black pepper but also for grinding salt and other spices. However, using it properly is the key to prolonging its use. Therefore, refer to this guide and know how to use and care for your grinder in the best way possible.