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Old 05-04-2008, 06:58 PM   #1
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Black Pepper?

I'm curious about the rules for black pepper. Specifically where to use and where not to use. I like pepper and use it a lot but sometimes if a dish calls for other spices such as paprika I don't know if it is a good idea to add black pepper or not. Anybody have stories of too much or inappropriate pepper usage?

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Old 05-04-2008, 07:02 PM   #2
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I do not think there are any real rules of thumb for pepper aside from the fact that pepper burns at high heat so you need to be careful of that.
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I put pepper on or in almost everything I make.
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Old 05-04-2008, 07:18 PM   #4
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I'm curious about the rules for black pepper.......
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Old 05-04-2008, 07:40 PM   #5
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I wouldn't hesitate to use black pepper and paprika in the same dish. Pepper has a distinct flavor not matched by real peppers (capsicum). Many dishes use several different peppers in the same dish to geta blend of different flavors.
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Old 05-04-2008, 07:58 PM   #6
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The only time I don't add Black Pepper is when I add White Pepper.
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Old 05-04-2008, 08:01 PM   #7
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Here is a rule for you. When possible, always use fresh ground black pepper instead of pre-ground. Pre-ground looses its flavor very quickly as the oils that give pepper its flavor disappear shortly after the peppercorns are ground.
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Old 05-04-2008, 09:29 PM   #8
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Thanks for the replies, I'll continue experimenting.
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Old 05-04-2008, 09:44 PM   #9
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I use fresh black pepper in/on everything. In fact, your 'proper' bechamel would call for white pepper. I don't like the flavor of white pepper and actually like to see the black pepper flakes in what I'm eating. Kind of like seeing the vanilla seeds in your ice cream.

The only time I use the pre ground pepper is when I'm BBQing. It takes forever to make a rub with fresh ground pepper using a hand operated peppermill.
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Jeekinz, get yourself a coffee grinder to use for pepper (and other spices). That is how I grind my pepper for rubs and it works great.
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