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Since its invention in the mid-19th century, the peppermill has gone a long way towards adding zest to meals with freshly ground pepper. Restaurants have this figured out, and when a waiter adds a quick twist of pepper to your entree, it's seen as the perfect finishing touch.

Not much has changed in the grinder's basic design over the last 175 years, but the Magnum Plus pepper mill from Unicorn definitely takes things up a notch.

Considered the top of the company's lineup, the Magnum Plus features an extra-large Italian steel mechanism, huge capacity, infinitely adjustable grind size with bottom thumbscrew (from medium fine to extra coarse), sliding ring side loading, comfortable grip and very fast grinding. Plus, the 9-inch height makes a difference if you frequently use the grinder, while the ABS plastic shell is easy to clean.

A reviewer for Tools & Toys called it "one of the most aggressive pepper mills I’ve ever seen, with nigh-unsurpassed pepper production per turn," while in a 2017 review for Bon Appetit, senior food editor Chris Morocco likened it to "meeting someone nice and sane after dating a series of crazies."

It currently sells for $49 at Amazon, where it carries the Amazon’s Choice designation — for highly rated, well-priced products available to ship immediately. In fact, the Magnum Plus has earned an average rating of 4.7 out of five stars from nearly 1,000 Amazon customers, many of whom hail it as "the best grinder ever." One happy customer reported purchasing it after being "extremely tired of standard pepper mills that work out your forearm and bicep to meet recipe expectations" and another proclaimed it a "great gift for your pepper fanatic friends."

To purchase or learn more, go to https://amzn.to/2KK46K9.

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The New Jersey family plagued by a stalker’s spooky letters mailed to their $1.4 million dream home in Westfield has sold the six-bedroom property at a loss.

The “Watcher” house, at the center of an unsolved criminal investigation in one of Westfield’s poshest neighborhoods, was sold on July 1, according to a deed filed with the Union County clerk’s office. Derek and Maria Broaddus, who bought the 1905 Dutch colonial revival in June 2014 and never moved in, sold it to a couple for $959,360, records show.

From Bloomberg, Aug. 8; read the full story at https://bloom.bg/2MpbyOb.

STAT CHECK

Inventory* for June 2019 as reported by the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors.

June 2017: 9,312

June 2018: 9,676 (+3.9%)

June 2019: 9,226 (-4.7%)

*The category tracks and compares the number of properties available for sale in active status at the end of a given month. A complete market report is available at Nefar.com.

 

Compiled by Homes editor Anne Hammock. Know of a tool, book or news tip you’d like to share with ShopTalk readers? Send details to ahammock@jacksonville.com or call (904) 359-4628.

Since its invention in the mid-19th century, the peppermill has gone a long way towards adding zest to meals with freshly ground pepper. Restaurants have this figured out, and when a waiter adds a quick twist of pepper to your entree, it's seen as the perfect finishing touch.
Not much has changed in the grinder's basic design over the last 175 years, but the Magnum Plus pepper mill from Unicorn definitely takes things up a notch.