Quick Answers

How do I change the grind setting of my mill?

If your mill has a knob, turn this anti-clockwise for a coarser setting or clockwise for a finer setting. The knob will either be located on the top of the mill, or on the base depending on which mill you have. To watch a video on how to change the grind setting of our mills, head to our YouTube channel here.


Can the mechanism on my mill be replaced?

We advise getting in touch with our customer services team before trying to remove the mechanism in your mill. Our team will be able to help you fix the problem yourself or check if it falls under our lifestyle guarantee.


Is my mill covered by a guarantee?

Yes. All our salt and pepper mills are covered with a lifetime mechanism guarantee. All electrical components of our electronic mills are covered for two years. Accidental breakage and damage from misuse are not covered by the mechanism guarantee.


Can I put salt in my pepper mill and vice versa?

This depends entirely on the mechanism. Salt can only be used in a mill that has a nylon or ceramic mechanism. Salt cannot be used in a carbon steel mechanism. Pepper can only be used in a mill that has a ceramic or carbon steel mechanism. Pepper cannot be used in a nylon mechanism. The only mills where salt and pepper can both be used are if they have a ceramic mechanism. To learn more about our mechanisms click here.


Can I put my mills in dishwashers or ovens?

No. Cole & Mason mills cannot be put in dishwashers or ovens.


What is the best way to clean my mills?

The best way to clean a mill is to use a damp (not wet), colourless cloth. After cleaning, dry the mill straight away - do not leave wet. The mechanisms should not be rinsed, submerged in water, placed on a wet surface or get wet in any way. Please do not use cleaning products on the mills, for example, anti-bacterial spray.


Why has my mill gone rusty / mouldy?

There primary reason why your mill would have rusted / produced mould, is water exposure. This includes putting the mill in the dishwasher, washing it in a sink, wiping with a damp cloth and not drying after. Incorrect storage, like leaving the mill in a damp place or leaving it outdoors could also cause rust or mould.


Why has the salt in my mill become discoloured and is it harmful for me to still eat the salt?

Your salt mill could have got discoloured due to water exposure, food residue stuck at the base, storing in a damp place or leaving of an unclean surface.
We would advise that you do not eat the salt and dispose of any that may have come into contact with the discolouration. If the mechanism has discoloured it cannot be washed and should not be used.


Where are Cole & Mason salt and peppercorns sourced from?

Our salt is currently sourced from Belgium and peppercorns are sourced from Vietnam.


How can I change the light in my mill?

It is not possible to replace the light in any electronic mills. All lightbulbs in mills are LED and have a long-life expectancy.


What types of salt can be used in Cole & Mason salt mills?

You can use sea salt, rock salt and Pink Himalayan rock salt in mills with a nylon mechanism however we would recommend using a mill with a ceramic mechanism for prolonged use. Rock salt is harder than sea salt and will wear down the mechanism quicker over time however this is less likely to happen with a ceramic mechanism.


What are the best before dates of the spices included in racks?

Herb and spice sell by dates are displayed on the bottom of the box, if you no longer have this we recommend a best before date of two years from the date of purchase.


Can Salt be used in the Kingsley Spice Mill?

No. The Kingsley mill has a carbon steel mechanism, using salt will rust the mechanism.


Can fresh chilli be used in the Kingsley Spice Mill?

No, wet ingredients cannot be used in the mill.


Is it safe to use a brush or scouring pad on the Pestle & Mortar?

Yes, it is safe to use both items to clean the Pestle & Mortar.


Are the Granite Pestle & Mortars dishwasher safe?

No, our granite Pestle & Mortars are not dishwasher safe. The best way to clean is under running water with a brush or sponge.


Why does my Pestle & Mortar produce dust?

When the pestle and mortar meet without and ingredients natural dust from the granite it produced. Wash thoroughly with water and your pestle & mortar will be safe to use. We also advise cleaning your new pestle & mortar before its first use.


My Oil & Vinegar Mister wont spray, why?

Please check the black collar is fastened correctly creating a tight seal. Ensure the filter end is not blocked by ingredients. The mister needs to be pumped a recommended 5-7 times to ensure good spray output.


Is the salad dressing shaker dishwasher proof?

Yes, the salad dressing shaker is dishwasher proof.


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