Accumulated empties and now would like to refill with pepper corns
I took one 'sacrificial' unit and tried to disassemble, cutting and
slicing, but still haven't figured out how it's held together.
Any ideas on HOW to take one apart? refill, and put back together?
They're made of glass with a plastic cap.
McCormic's business model would fall apart if they could be refilled.
It's really simple, you buy one, you use it, you throw it out.
I don't use enough pepper to worry about the waste.
That's what I did with the one from Costco. It sits upside down on its
cap so I made a hole in the nominal bottom then taped over it. I melted
the hole with a soldering iron so I wouldn't have to eat so much plastic
later on. Exercising lack of foresight, I opened up nearly the whole end
instead of sizing it to the funnel I used, or making the hole by just
jabbing the iron in to then feeding the replacement peppercorns in one
at a time.
Glass complicates things a bit.
On Mon, 14 May 2012 13:13:16 -0700 (PDT), Robert Macy
Sometimes I really wonder why some people work so hard to save 50
Anyhow, I have a friend that works at a fast food place. Once a month,
or maybe every 2 or 3 weeks, they replace all the salt and pepper
shakers on the tables. They get them pre-filled. They do not come
apart. It appears that the bottom was inserted last. I have a feeling
they are glued, sort of like a PVC pipe. Anyhow, whether they are full
or empty, they are required to dispose of them and put all new ones on
the tables. Personally, I think this is very wasteful, but that's the
way it is. She said that they were told that they are more sanitary
Anyhow, she was bringing them home with her and has hundreds of them.
She gave me a whole box of them. Most are at least half full. There
must be 15 of each in the box. She said if I need more, just ask
You probably have the same thing. Glued after being filled.
Go buy a REAL pepper grinder!
Robert, I too am a cheap skate and hated to toss the quite acceptable
McCormick grinder. What works really well for me was to heat the
plastic top under tap water in the microwave and pull it straight out
while warm. Refill. Push the top back on. I've reloaded one 4 times
now and it still works fine.
I like ground pepper. I had 2 bottles of pepper corns and the pepper
mills I owned had worn out.
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