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Dexam Chef'n SaltBall Salt Grinder

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Brand: Dexam / Product Type: Grinder

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      17.08.2010 18:37
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      A great grinder

      ==Chef 'n Salt Ball - Salt Grinder==

      After accidentally melting my last set of salt and pepper grinders which had seen me through a good many years and were probably looking a bit tired anyway, I was in the market for a new set. I came across this Chef 'n Salt Ball in Tesco's and for £6 it seemed like a nice addition to my kitchen counter.

      The grinder already came filled up with chunky salt so I didn't need to fill it up straight away and I have only filled it up once since having it a good few months because the ball does hold a very nice amount.

      The look of the salt grinder is a little different to the one pictured as mine doesn't have a stand but apart from that it is the exact same one with the long easy to use black plastic handles. The idea is simple and you literally hold the ball over the food you wish to salt and then, with the use of one hand, push the handles together and this in turn grinds the salt and dispenses it through the bottom of the ball.

      The clear plastic of the ball itself means that you can instantly see when the salt is running low and also means that it does indeed look rather nifty on my kitchen work top. It is easy to clean and really only needs a wipe over with a damp cloth every day or so.

      Filling it up is simple and just needs a little screw section at the bottom opening and then the new salt being poured in to the full level but I did manage to make a fair bit of mess the time that I tried to do it.

      The salt grinder lets out a good amount of salt per use and really I find myself only giving one or two squeezes of the handles for the desired amount. The handles themselves feel pretty sturdy and I can see them lasting well in my house as we don't use excessive amounts of salt on a daily basis. However perhaps people who use salt a lot more would find that after time these might cause a little bit of worry as I could see them as the first things that would break.

      All in all though I feel for the £6 I paid for them they are a pretty good buy. I needed a new one and this seemed to be a fair price for the overall look and size when compared to others that were on the shelves. They are easy to use, easy to clean and easy to fill.

      I would highly recommend this salt grinder and give it a score of 5 out of 5 stars!

      Many thanks for taking the time to read.


      I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.

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      26.11.2009 04:02
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      I'm not buying any more of these

      The Chef'n SaltBall salt grinder can be found in many kitchen shops & stands out amongst all the salt grinders due to its appearance: unlike most salt grinders, it is ball shaped with plastic handles on top, & most noticeably it resembles a rabbit's head.

      I decided to try the SaltBall as I was dissatisfied with my more standard design salt grinder & thought that this would be more efficient, especially as it can be used one-handed.

      The SaltBall is operated by holding the plastic handles on the top in one hand & squeezing them together. This is very handy when you are cooking, however it also means you are more likely to drop the salt grinder despite the ergonomic design of the handles. I did indeed manage to drop it into a saucepan a couple of times, which is not a particularly good idea as the water will get into the salt & make it cake up.

      Even before dropping it in the water, I was expecting the grinding quality to be very good as the SaltBall contains a ceramic grinder (supposedly the best kind I believe), however I didn't find it to be much more impressive than my cheaper standard salt grinder. It takes a lot of squeezes to get enough salt out. You can adjust the coarseness but this never seemed to make a noticeable difference to me.

      Like most salt grinders, this one comes ready filled with sea salt, & it's easy to refill through a small sliding door in the side.

      Unfortunately it turns out that the SaltBall is quite poorly constructed, as after a few months of what I would consider normal use, one of the handles snapped, rendering it useless. I wondered if I had somehow been too rough with it, yet a quick search on Google showed several other reports on various sites saying that other people had also ended up with a broken handle on their SaltBall.

      Despite the problems with my original SaltBall, I then for some reason decided to buy the miniature version which is also available. I thought it would be less likely to be dropped due to its lighter weight, & hoped the handles would be less breakable. The miniature version also comes with a magnet on the back which makes it easy to store (although I can't say I'd ever found salt grinders difficult to store previously).

      Unfortunately the small size of the miniature version means it feels awkward to hold in your hand as it just doesn't fit properly, making it even more likely to be dropped. The handles are still intact but then I haven't had it very long. The worst part about this version is that very little salt seems to come out when you squeeze the handles. I won't be buying a SaltBall again.

      The Chef'n SaltBall is currently available in kitchen shops for around £12. A PepperBall is also available. The miniature saltball is around £6.

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