HolidayBuyer's Guide

Turn this salt and pepper mill on its side

The William Bounds Baton Mill is battery-operated and gravity-triggered for easy one-handed usage.

Everyone will want to use it.Photo by Cooking.com

We've all been there: right in the middle of preparing a meal--say, a chicken dish--and you need to grab something, but your hands are a mess. In the case of the aforementioned chicken, it's usually a pretty good idea to keep cross-contamination to a minimum. Heck, it is always a good idea to keep cross-contamination to a minimum. So, you walk over to the sink, and wash your hands, only to mess them right up again after you reached for whatever you needed to grab. If it was salt and pepper you were after, things just got a little bit easier.

The William Bounds Baton Mill is a battery-operated salt and pepper mill. Unlike most grinders and mills, this one can be used with only one hand; there is no button to push. Instead, the process is triggered by gravity. Simply turn the baton on its respective side, and either salt or pepper will be automatically crushed via the ceramic grilling mechanism. Hold over your meal and the mill sprinkles salt or pepper directly onto your dish. When finished, return the mill to its base for horizontal storage.

Measuring 8.5 inches across, the mill makes for an interesting addition to the kitchen. The distinctive shape is sure to attract attention, so make sure any kitchen helpers you may have actually do some work too. Otherwise, you may end up with many little piles of salt and pepper scattered all about the kitchen.

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