Why settle for the same old same old pepper-only mill when you can create your own iterations to coat fish, meat or other dishes? It’s no secret cuisine has taken a turn towards the “anything goes,” in recent years and neither should your seasonings. Salt has five basic categories, multiplied by countless of varieties within each, and pepper types are just as copious. For the most part, your average mill will handle the various granules, but what if you want to create your own signature seasoning? Like a nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla mix? Kosher salt, almond slivers and cloves? Peppercorns, ginger root and chocolate? The Everything Mill, $18 from Kyocera Advanced Ceramics, has an adjustable grinding dial made from ceramic that will never rust, offers durable performance, outlasts metal-based grinders, is dishwasher safe and includes a cap to keep spices dry in humid conditions. Best of all, ceramic is chemically inert, so the mill will not alter natural flavors by giving off a tinny metallic taste. Nor will it absorb flavors and carry them forward from one grind to another.
Admittedly, even the most fervent foodie would have a hard time getting excited about a peeler, but then again, tools are only mentioned when they fail us. So chances are you won’t be bringing this up at your next dinner party, but you’ll be happy with the ease and precision of your new friend. Kyocera offers a full line of peelers featuring their advanced ceramic blades ($10-18). The unique characteristic of ceramic is it will not pick up and hold flavors from one food to the next, neither will it give off any of its own taste (like metal or plastic do). The pieces are lightweight, ergonomic for easy handling, ultra-sharp, designed to offer maximum control, dishwasher safe and won’t pit, rust or corrode. Use them to peel thick rinds like papaya, jicama or melons; shred cabbage; shave cheese and chocolate; use the corers to remove imperfections; frenching green beans; or just good old fashioned peeling of fruits and vegetables. And just to prove not all peelers are created equal—these are so precise, they can peel tomatoes with the same effect of blanching.