How to Restore Your Old Pepper Mill

Can you revive an old pepper mill whose grinding powers have diminished? If your mill is clogged, grinding a little rice can clean out the gunk, tanuki soup says. Just make sure it's instant rice, Eiron advises. Regular rice is extremely hard; instant rice has been par-cooked, so it fractures more easily and is therefore less likely to damage your mill's grinding burrs.

jill kibler got great results by taking her old pepper mill apart and soaking it in hot water with a little baking soda. It worked like a charm on the old, moist bits of pepper stuck inside.

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