Meet Pepper Bunny. He does a pretty good job of grinding peppercorns. I like that he can be used one-handed. © 2012 Sugar + ShakeThis is Pepper Bunny. He does a pretty good job of grinding peppercorns and I love that he can be used one-handed, so as long as I have one non-raw chicken-y hand I can still crank out some fresh-ground pepper. It’s cheaper to buy peppercorns in bulk and there’s the whole not buying endless plastic containers of pepper. Plus, fresh-cracked tastes better. But here’s the thing: Pepper Bunny is kind of an asshat.

And because of this, I delay refilling Pepper Bunny as long as I can. I mean, I’ll keep shaking and cranking away until I’m just sprinkling pepper dust, not cracked pepper.

You see, Pepper Bunny has this really teeny tiny little hole that’s supposed to slide open—but never does on the first try—and that opens up right onto the crank mechanism. So, basically, you can drop in two peppercorns at a time. Argh!

But this teeny tiny hole to refill the peppercorns? Yeah, that part of Pepper Bunny sucks. © 2012 Sugar + Shake

I’ve tried all kinds of tricks, like using a coffee filter to try and funnel the peppercorns past the crank mechanism. Never works. So all I can do is use our silicone funnel and “milk” it, pushing peppercorns in two or three at a time.

My usual get-things-in-a-tiny-hole method of using a coffee filter to guide them into a hole is not very effective. © 2012 Sugar + Shake

Oh, Pepper Bunny.

But a filled Pepper Bunny is a happy Pepper Bunny. © 2012 Sugar + Shake

I just thought you might like to meet him. Even if he is kind of a jerk.