Products and ingredients: pepper

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Pepper is a spice obtained from the berries of two kinds of tree. The berries (peppercorns once dried), yield three kinds of pepper, depending of harvest period and processing:
  • Green pepper (immature berries)
  • Black pepper (mature)
  • White pepper (black pepper without skin)
White and black pepper are the most commonly used in the kitchen, their tastes are similar, and it's mostly for aesthetic reasons that one is used rather than the other. It's worth using white pepper when you don't want to see small black grains in your dish.

If you intend to buy:

Have 2 pepper mills if possible: one with white pepper and the other with black pepper. In this way you can be sure that you add pepper and only pepper to your recipe (with commercially ground pepper, who knows?). Your pepper will always be fresh; once ground it soon loses its flavour.

If you want to use it:

To add pepper to a dish to be served raw (salad, vinaigrette,...) no problem, just grind with the mill when needed.

For cooking with pepper, it's a bit different because pepper eventually gives a bitter taste during cooking, due to its tannin. Auguste Escoffier (confirmed by Hervé This) says that this happens after about 8 minutes of cooking, so you should so try to avoid cooking pepper more than this, and add it "at the right time...".

Recipes which use it: 399, of which:
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RatatouillePasta with green asparagusTartifletteCocotte eggs with ComtéSpecial Cheese and Walnut Sticks

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Your 9 comments or questions on this page:

Is the rind edible once cooked, specifically oven baked?
By Juls january 14th 2012 at 22:41 (n° 1)
Rind of what?
By jh january 16th 2012 at 08:40 (n° 2)
what are the ingredients of a jar of griottines? are there any chemicals, additives, flavourings,aromas?
By trebor august 11th 2013 at 20:48 (n° 3)
No, there is nothing more than: cherry, sugar and alcohol (for good griottines of course :-).
By jh august 12th 2013 at 09:40 (n° 4)
Thanks for posting this Potato flour. I like it to prepare my indian dish.
By Anonymous january 22th 2015 at 12:44 (n° 5)
Can I use potentiometer mash powder to make cutlets?
By Emma january 29th 2015 at 13:46 (n° 6)

By "mash powder" do you mean mash potato powder?
If so, yes you can, see how to on this chicken recipe : chicken breasts in a potato crust.
By jh january 29th 2015 at 17:35 (n° 7)
What make is the popato and where can I buy it
By Jim january 28th 2018 at 21:36 (n° 8)
It's potato...
By jh january 29th 2018 at 11:42 (n° 9)
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