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Black and white Salt and Pepper Bottle Grinders by Menu Review


Background

I’m geekily into my food and do love to cook. I seem to treat kitchen gadgets the same way as everything else I touch. How does it feel, what does it do? So when it comes to salt and pepper grinders, I’ve tried plenty over the years, including the silly electric ones and the giant ‘Italian‘ ones too, but this is the best yet.

Review

The first thing to say is that they are quite big. Much bigger than any salt and pepper grinders I have owned before and as a consequence, they hold an awful lot of salt and pepper. A whole packet can be sucked up into either, which means far more infrequent fill-ups.

The second thing is quite how nice they feel. Even though they are made of plastic, they have an almost silky feeling to them and ooze quality. They just feel incredibly premium. There isn’t a cheap feeling bit in them. Even the wood at the top feels lovely, classy and looks beautiful. I am totally happy to have them on the table.

And thirdly, they work. The grind is infinitely variable from super fine to very coarse and it’s ridiculously easy to adjust with just a turn of the wooden top.

Summary

I love them. It was a great purchase. They look good in the kitchen, works beautifully and are worth every penny of the £38/$50 that I paid for them. They are now available from Amazon Worldwide here.

Salt and Pepper grinder by Menu showing inside detail

Inside of Salt and Pepper grinder by Menu

Salt and Pepper grinder by Menu

21 thoughts on “Black and white Salt and Pepper Bottle Grinders by Menu Review

  1. My beautiful menu salt and pepper shakers !!!
    The plastic on the outside of them has gone sticky, I’ve only used soap and water to clean them and the stickiness won’t go away.
    I feel the plastic must be degrading in them ?
    They are really not useable now
    Any suggestions or comments
    Victoria

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    1. Try a baby wipe. That works for most sticky stuff in my experience! I also wonder whether you can empty it, strip it down and throw it in the dishwasher? Slightly risky but has worked with other plastic ones for me too.

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    2. Hi Victoria,
      Yes sadly this has happened to mine too… So – it seems that the ‘sticky’ stuff is the coating on the plastic that gives that grip and luxurious look and feel. I used a product called “De-Solv-it” which is a natural citrus sticky spot and stain remover (very handy stuff indeed) and removed the stickiness but unfortunately it takes the surface back to ordinary plastic. Still a nice colour and the grinders are still awesome to use but no longer that soft look and feel. Now they are slightly shiny like regular plastic but I have decided to keep mine – after all for me they still function pretty much the same.

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  2. Baby wipes didn’t make any difference. The plastic feels like a glue on the outside and you can sort of scrape it off. Such a shame when you buy a quality product.
    I’ve contacted Menu about them but as yet I haven’t had a response

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  3. Hi Guys
    Well I’ve had a response from Menu
    They admit it’s a production fault and will replace them only with a receipt.
    Unfortunately mine were given as a present and I don’t have a receipt so even though they are faulty they won’t do anything about them.
    So I’m a little stuck at this point

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    1. Hi Victoria. Well, that is a drag but at least we can move on now. There is no possibility of me having the receipt! Let me just thank you profusely for your efforts – much appreciated. Have a good weekend. Simon

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  4. Mine are now sticky too. I’ve had them for about 3 years. No receipt. They are the large size and I’m so disappointed as they looked so beautiful on display.

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  5. Does anyone know how to take them apart? Mine had got moisture in it and I cant take it apart to get the soggy salt out around the top. Ive tried drying them out but it still remains blocked?

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      1. But is it possible to get the actual mechanism out to clean that?

        Or you could just separate top and bottom and then blow a hair dryer up it until the wet salt dries out.

        Or again separate it and leave the top on a radiator or airer for a few days.

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  6. I bought a Menu salt and pepper shaker and the pepper shaker has gone sticky but not the salt one!! I have tried everything to clean and unfortunately guests who use it think it is filthy but it isn’t. I havnt got a receipt either and think it is really poor that Menu will not replace without a receipt. I just thought I had cleaned it wrongly but after going to a store that sells them I asked them about it and they said it was a design fault so I decided to google reviews and blow me down with a feather there are so many people with the same problem! I feel vindicated but I only need to replace one of them but you have to buy them both as a set!! So annoying.

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      1. Actually it’s a disgrace. They are selling something which is not fit for purpose and they refuse to replace them. It seems to me that they must be breaching trading standards one way or another.

        On Mon, 16 Dec 2019 at 12:23, Technology, Home and Food Reviews wrote:

        > Johnny Lyle commented: “I agree. Not great is it! ” >

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  7. Yes – exactly the same issue happened with my salt and pepper grinders. I can’t believe that they continue to sell a product that they know is faulty! I didn’t keep my receipt because the product breakdown took a couple of months, so i didn’t feel the need to hang onto the receipt – I can always purchase another product, but they’ve lost my business for life and I will spread the word.
    Upon returning to the store where I purchased the grinders and explained my issue of concern, instead of advocating for me, the store manager said that I should purchase the metal grinders instead – again they’ve lost me too.

    Is there anything we can do? Sounds like a class action re breaching trading standards!

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  8. I’ve had the same problem and was happy to find this page. I removed the gross deteriorating rubber with a paste of just baking soda and water. It worked really well. They’ve lost the rubber feel but are still 100% functional which is better than just throwing them away. One plus of removing the coating is that they can now be cleaned more easily and regularly.

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