Alton Brown’s latest cooking tip is to power drill your peppercorns

You know what makes cooking more fun? Power tools.

Television host and chef Alton Brown—who’s web series Cook Smart just premiered on YouTube—has a food hack to solve the problem that no one was complaining about: the Herculean effort of manually grinding pepper.

As unnecessary and impractical as it is, there’s clearly no denying the sheer awesomeness of his creation, a Frankenstein automatic pepper grinder powered by a cordless drill. To make a Pepper Drill, you’ll need a 35 mm film canister and a box cutter; here’s the step-by-step instructions.

Step 1: “Remove the lid from the film canister – set aside. Use the utility knife to cut off the bottom third of the film canister.”


Step 2: “Remove a small round from the top of the film canister and replace the lid on the canister.”


Step 3: “Place the film canister over the pepper mill axel. Insert the grind axel into the drill as you would a drill bit.”


Step 4: “Make sure the grinder is secure before turning the power to high and enjoy the power that is the Pepper Drill.”


[via Laughing Squid]

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