There is a plethora of aromas and flavours to discover in a Kampot pepperball, but how do you get to them through the crab skin? To unlock the full potential of each, it's best to roughly crush the pepperball. There are a number of ways to do this. One of the most tried and tested is grinding or crushing, using a mortar and pestle.
The immortal mortar
Let's start with mortars, which are among the oldest human creations. The earliest ones date back to 35,000 BC. However, for tens of thousands of years, the principle of their use has remained the same, and this is also true of pepper, which can be crushed and even mixed with herbs in a cast-iron, stone or ceramic mortar.
You can never go wrong by crushing pepper in a mortar. However, in the 37,000 years since then, we have also found more sophisticated ways of effectively crushing peppercorns. We're talking about the classic pepper and salt mills, which are a very convenient and quick way to keep crushed pepper on hand during cooking.
A grinder should not only be practical, but also a stylish item that will stand out in your kitchen. That's why we've put together a range of unique, handmade grinders of our own production that you can be sure will take good care of your Kampot pepper.
The grinders are handmade here in the Czech Republic from Ash wood with a beautiful pattern or solid American walnut. Hidden inside each grinder is the cutting-edge CrushGrind® mechanism, which came out as the winner of our rigorous testing among several grinding systems, and is the inventor of the long-standing ceramic mechanisms themselves. Their grinding system is multi-generational and has a 25-year warranty!
In conclusion, what does such an honest Czech grinder like?
- The grinder must never come into contact with water - clean it only with a damp cloth with a little oil.
- Don't leave it next to the sink or right next to the stove, so it doesn't deteriorate with moisture and excess grease.
- Fill it up to ¾ of its contents and do not use brute force to grind!
- Always loosen the degrees of coarseness gradually and grind coarsely - it's healthier.
So which of our grinders is your favourite?