Friday, August 28, 2009

How to Reuse a McCormick Sea Salt Grinder

I love the little sea salt grinders from McCormick. I do not love the $2.99 price for a little bottle. I love the little mechanical grinder. I do not love throwing out something that works.

What to do....what to do?

I know...I'll take it apart while I watch David Letterman. Speaking of late night TV....isn't that Craig Ferguson funny? I only watch Dave while I wait for Craig. I miss Jay. I do not understand Conan at all.

After twisting and twisting and twisting some more I realized the top was not coming off. So lets be methodical about this. I got out a kitchen knife and pried on it. What? Oh come on.....tell me that isn't what you would do?

Well, the kitchen knife did allow me to slightly see inside the cap/grinder and made me realize that I could remove the cap/grinder if the plastic would give just a wee bit (no, I am not Irish). So I put a bowl of water in the microwave and heated up the water......not boiling but hot. You will only need enough water in the bowl to cover the plastic cap/grinder when the the bottle is placed upside down.I let the grinder sit in the water for about 5 minutes. Then I pried some more with the knife, moving the knife around the edge prying as I go. Thirty seconds later the cap was off.Now what? Besides sea salt and peppercorns....what can I put in these bottles?

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info. of how to open the grinder. Worked great. I have been wanting to try this for some time decided to google it. And Poof you gave the the how too's to get it done.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Works like a charm. I didn't have to pry at all, I just pulled hard and the lid popped off! Great idea to microwave the water. I microwaved about 2 cups of water in a cereal bowl for 2 minutes. Great tip!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this!! I just heated the water up in the microwave for 1 min, heated the black part of the cap in the water for 1 min & POP off came the top!!
I bought a peppergrinder from a store, but we like the size of the peppers that come from the mccormick bottle. This makes me happy to be able to reuse the bottle! Thank you!

dynochick (Jan) said...

No problem....glad I could help.

greatfulsaltguy said...

You are the man! (woman) :) Just what I was looking for. :)

Rombauer said...

I have been wishing I could r-use these handy little critters.

Thanks for taking the time to post your wonderful solution.

It is selfless individuals like yourself that makes the Web the joy it can be!

RobRayburn said...

This tutorial was Awesome and Hilarious. I'd started hacking at my McCormick Sea Salt Grinder's cap for 8 minutes, with a kitchen knife of all things, before Googling "how to open a McCormick sea salt grinder." This article was the first result. And it's clear to myself and all the others who've used this tutorial why it's number one. Because this tutorial is the perfect solution to: How to open a McCormick sea salt grinder. Many, many thanks.

dynochick (Jan) said...

Thank you everyone...I'm blushing.

w@nderlust said...

I'll be putting whole cloves in mine this time, whole allspice next, might try flax seeds too.... thanks so much for the tutorial. I'm happy to be able to recycle this thing!

geotrick said...

Thanks for the post. I ended up opening mine the way we used to open pop bottles before there were twist offs. Place the bottle up against a square edge of a counter top. Pull down with the lid on the very edge of the counter. Came off on the second try.
I was trying to use the grinder for Italian seasoning for making bread. Took to long.
I ended up finding my solution on ebay search for a spice grinder. Several entries were Krups or a small coffee grinder. I had one in my pantry from when I used to drink coffee. Sure enough it turned the seasoning into a fine powder in about 30 seconds. It should do a great job on the flax seed. I will have to try it on caraway seeds the next time I make bread. The seeds and whole dry spice cause problems for some of my older friends.
Thanks for the info.

Mitzie Sousa said...

I used the 2 min hot H2O tip, worked like a charm. I just put a damp rag around the plastic lid, and I popped it right off. Now I can grind the whole Cumin easier. Thanks for the tip.nlaiid 138

Anonymous said...

God bless you. Works perfectly, probably saved me from stabbing myself and the subsequent emergency room visit.

Can't decipher the characters on the "prove you're not a robot" so am getting pretty damn stabby anyway.

dynochick (Jan) said...

Thanks for the kudos.

Thanks everyone for your suggestions on what to put into these little bottles.

Isn't it great to reuse something so useful. No way could I afford grinders for all your suggestions.

Thanks again.

Go Share Your Faith said...

I have to add my thanks...this worked like a charm.

Anonymous said...

I was kind of skeptical about this but OMG!!! WORKED LIKE A CHARM!!! Thanks SO MUCH!! I wish I knew about this earlier (6 bottles later!)!!! I didn't want to go out and invest in some fancy grinder either!

DESHAWN LOVES MAKEUP said...

It worked!!!! Thank you

Anonymous said...

I needed to combine two partially full bottles. So I wet a Paper towel folded it then wrapped it around the lid and microwaved it for one minute and it popped right off

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much. I've had my empty bottle for nearly a year, couldn't open it. You're a genius!!!

Anonymous said...

Amazing! I too worked at getting the top off for about 5 minutes and gave up. Then I thought, "I know, I'll Google it!" Thank you for being more patient than I and for your kindness to post this solution before I broke a nail! :0)

Anonymous said...

AMAZING!! Your how to is THE best! I googled how to open and watched the Youtube first and no go! My hands still hurt from the effort of just trying to pull this grinder apart. That guy made it LOOK easy. The hot water method is the way to go!! I thank you for a useful and economical solution! A :)

GTO said...

Yay! Finally! For once, and for ever more, I get to KEEP one of the lovely (but expensive) McCormick Sea Salt Grinders! So glad I found your site. I almost destroyed it trying to separate the plastic from the glass (in order to recycle it at the curb), but now I get to recycle it in the truest manner. Use it MYSELF! w00t! Thanks again! GTO

Anonymous said...

How I took the top off was using the drawer runner (along side the kitchen drawer, the one the drawer is attached to), hook the bottom edge of the cap on the thin edge of the runner and pulled down with constant pressure until the lid popped off. Took about three seconds. Refilled with Sea Salt and then pushed the top back on.

Anonymous said...

I struggled with it for a few minutes and I told my wife, as I do frequently, I'll bet the internet knows. And sure enough, there you were. Nuked 1/2 a cereal bowl of water for 1 1/2 min., set the grinder in it upside down for 15-20 seconds. Took it out, put a towel over the lid & popped it right off.
Many many thanks; Les

Anonymous said...

Worked like a charm. I microwaved a half bowl of water as previously suggested for 1&1/2 minutes and then let the cap rest in it for about 30 seconds, no additional microwaving needed. After a good pry (I used a tissue to help it dry), it popped off, no additional tools necessary.

Thanks for the tip! The comments section also gave great insight.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I'm glad I searched and found this post! Came right off - I will be refilling it with iodized sea salt (the salt that comes with it isn't iodized). Just wanted you to know you were helpful to another person. :)

Anonymous said...

Good tip! You kick ass! Thanks!

(Craig is the best.)

Babyboomer said...

Just run hot water over it for a minute or so and it pops right off

Anonymous said...

Hurray. Great tip here. As some said, I heated it to 100'C for like one minute and pulled by hand only - Bob's your uncle!

Many thanks.

Anonymous said...

This is AMAZING! I will never throw my mccormick grinders ever again...thanks a lot for sharing this. This saves us some money too :)

Anonymous said...

I just pulled and it came right off with a bit of effort, you all are experiencing a placebo effect hahaha. I tried the hot water and it is no easier either way :P

Megan King said...

same method, different "non refillable bottle"...Swiffer Wet Jet Floor Cleaner Solvent. Heat water then pull off!! You can fill the bottle with your favorite floor cleaner and skip paying $6 for swiffer cleaner that last for 2 cleanings.

dynochick (Jan) said...

Thanks Megan for the heads up on Swiffer cleaner.

CUckrGrl said...

Thank you thank you THANK YOU

Anonymous said...

Great idea! Thanks!