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Pronto Folding Crank Mill
Manufacturer: Progressive International
List price: $24.95
Warranty: Satisfaction guarantee
Dimensions: 9-1/4" x 3-1/2" x 2-1/4"
Weight: 15 oz
Composition: Polycarbonate, ceramic grinder, stainless steel handle and lid
Other versions: White; Green; Red
Made In: China
Type:  Pepper Mill
Color: Clear, gray
Ambitions
Apparent goal: kids gift/registry home kitchens restaurants everywhere
Intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
Diet/nutrition: does not apply scary empty promises helpful essential
Green?: not especially neutral mixed blessing earth friendly green!
Innovative: step back standing still progress trendy genius
Problem solving: no better baby steps solid steps giant steps a revelation
Competition: outclassed follower in the pack strong challenger likely champ
Utility/Quality
Ease of use: impossible frustrating OK simple child's play
Intuitive: Ph.D. required barely logical effortless brilliant
Instructions: missing incomprehensible adequate unnecessary excellent
Quality: cheesy questionable good years of service impressive
Parts to lose: inevitable some/many one-piece self-storing not a problem
Power source: none hands batteries outlet green
Clean-up: nightmare wipe clean soap & water scouring pad dishwasher
Does it work?: not at all adequately well very well perfectly
Availability: airfare required online kitchen store department store supermarket
Packaging
Easy to open?: impossible maddening tolerable good opens itself
Green?: fills a landfill huge waste passable minimal waste impressive
Economy
Time saving: time wasting not really modest substantial huge
Labor saving: less efficient marginal a bit noticeable remarkable
Money saving: money wasted none $ $$ $$$
Beats the old way: worse no change better definitey entirely new
Where will it live?: garage/attic drawer cabinet countertop elsewhere
Summary
Fulfills ambitions: falls short almost there satisfies exceeds home run
How often used: once/twice ≥daily ≥weekly ≥monthly ≥yearly/holidays
Worth the space?: no does not apply w/unlimited space w/limited space absolutely
Need it?: a luxury discretionary basic equipment for serious cooks get it
Value: ouch! a little pricey worth splurging on the money a deal
Overall rating: skip it fair good very good excellent

Comments: This is the pepper-lover's pepper mill – and there are about a zillion pepper mills on the market. What sets this apart? Raw power. You can gently turn the top, like it's some Clark-Kent, milquetoast pepper mill. But for real performance, flip out the handle on the top and crank that pepper out. The manufacturer says an ordinary pepper mill produces around 2 grams per minute, while this baby in hyperdrive can generate 10-times that.

If Olive Garden finds out about these, watch out! "WOULD YOU LIKE SOME PEPPER ON THAT, MISS?"

Everything about this mill is built for speed. A huge hatch on the top opens to accommodate a cup of peppercorns. The 30-milimeter-diameter ceramic grinding mechanism won't rust or corrode and is harder than carbon steel.

You can also use the mill to grind salt or other spices. Clean it by running an amount of salt through it before changing from pepper or one spice to another. The top has a slightly oval shape, which the manufacturer says is more comfortable to grip and easier to use with wet hands than a round mill.

Our one possibly negative comment is though the mill switches easily between fine, medium, and coarse settings, the mill really produces medium, coarse, and coarser pepper. If you need boatloads of fine pepper, you may have to turn elsewhere. (Get it? Turn elsewhere. Where do we come up with these???)

We fully expect the Food Network to feature the Pronto mill in a televised competition for the team that can generate the biggest pile of ground pepper between commercials – and get it to the presentation table without spilling it all over the floor. Seems like that would be worth an oversized $10,000 check, doesn't it….



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