How can I reuse or recycle a broken pepper grinder?

John and I were having one of those wacky, romantic-comedy-esque moments the other day over some jacket potatoes. He was grinding some black pepper onto them and joking about giving me an excessive amount but the joke turned around on him: once he’d ground LOADS over my potato, he moved over his dish, did one grind and the whole bottom fell out of the grinder, sending tons of whole peppercorns flying all over his dinner. As I said, a rom-com moment (well, I laughed anyway).

The plastic that held the grinder together had shattered and we’re lucky we spotted all the little clear pieces in our food rather than eating them (at least we think we spotted them all…). The rest of the grinder is fine but we’re reluctant to glue it back together given the way it shattered, in case it happens again over food.

So what else can we do with it? John thought about maybe turning it into a percussive instrument but we’ve probably got as many of them as we need. So suggestions?

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5 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle a broken pepper grinder?”

  1. Bobbie says:

    I wonder if anyone provides a replacement assembly?

  2. Lucia says:

    How tall is it? Is it in plastic or in wood? There are many kinds of pepper grinder, I cannot imagine yours…
    After seeing it I can go on mumbling about this reuse.

    • louisa says:

      yes, sorry there isn’t a photo – John took some pictures for me the other day but I forgot to get them off the now temporarily-AWOL camera. Will try to find it and upload the pictures today. :)

      in the meantime, it’s clear plastic, about 20cm tall, with the diamater at the base around 4cm.


  3. Kim says:

    Candle snuffer?

  4. Kathryn says:

    might make a cute kitchen or dining room light pull?

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