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Old 03-23-2006, 11:48 AM   #21
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When I have recipes that require a measured amount in quantity I will use my coffee grinder. i will measure (aprox) the amount of peppercorns I will need and wizz then up in the grinder then measure more accurately once they are ground.
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Old 03-23-2006, 11:54 AM   #22
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Some recipes at times, might call for cracked black peppercorns, and I wonder if my Magic Bullet will do that.

But one of my heavy cast iron skillets should do the trick if that doesn't.


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Old 03-23-2006, 11:57 AM   #23
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When I have recipes that require a measured amount in quantity I will use my coffee grinder. i will measure (aprox) the amount of peppercorns I will need and wizz then up in the grinder then measure more accurately once they are ground.
I had a coffee grinder for spices and I can't find it! I feel like such an idiot, as it coudn't have escaped from the kitchen.

So I use my mortar and pestle or the food processor.
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Old 03-23-2006, 12:03 PM   #24
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I use my mortar and pestle if it is to be coarse. I love using that thing. I really feel like I am cooking anytime I use it, strange as that may sound.
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Old 03-23-2006, 01:49 PM   #25
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That's the "Ina Garten Pepper Mill," no?

I like the collection idea, since some recipes requires a lot of pepper in measured quantities.
Yes that is the kind that Ina uses. I truly love mine. I know, I know it costs a lot of money but what you get in return is a good investment.
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Old 03-23-2006, 02:36 PM   #26
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Another cook on foodnetwork uses one of those but I can't remember who. Anyway, I love my pepper mill. After reading the post I will invest in a coffee grinder though for when I need a measured amount of pepper. I think that'll save on my pepper mill grinder mechanism when I have to grind, grind, grind.
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Old 03-24-2006, 02:04 AM   #27
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Peugeot eh? I was going to ask about them. I think if I'm going to spend ~$40 on a mill I'll get a peugeot; I thought they looked nice and it seemed like they were a fairly reputable company.

I always wondered about mass quantities of pepper if I were using a grinder. I figured I would just grind onto a sheet of paper...which I probably still will do since I don't feel like investing in a coffee grinder too.

Since we're kind of on the topic of peppercorns, I thought of another question: Does using freshly ground pepper change when you should add it? I would assume it would weaken in flavor significantly if cooked for a long period of time.

Oh yeah and I was going to say; GB I'm sure I would feel the same way if I mortor and pestled anything. When you really get down to the roots of anything like that, it really takes on a new meaning.

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Old 03-24-2006, 07:51 AM   #28
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Another member on this site (I don't remember who, but it might have been Clair) told of a story about her Peugeot pepper mill. She had left it outside for the winter by mistake. When she found it the thing still worked perfectly. At least that is how I remember the story being told. I have never used one, but that is a great recommendation if i ever heard one.

Yes you are right, the flavor will weaken with time as it is cooking. the oil disipates over time. Having said that, fresh peppercorns are pretty strong so even though the flavor will drop a bit you don't have to be super concerned with it.
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Old 03-25-2006, 02:25 AM   #29
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So here's the story...all I used to use was pre-ground pepper, then decided I would pick up one of those McCormick disposable pepper grinders at the supermarket and it changed my life. Actually the freshly ground pepper changed my life. I realized then and there that I needed to buy a peppermill.
I had the same experience a few years ago, sort of....

I got some peppercorns, wrapped them well in tin foil, took them outside and laid them down on my deck, then hit em with my sledgehammer a few times.
From that day forward I was a changed man.
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Old 03-25-2006, 04:29 PM   #30
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I got some peppercorns, wrapped them well in tin foil, took them outside and laid them down on my deck, then hit em with my sledgehammer a few times.
From that day forward I was a changed man.
Lol sounds like a dawn of man type of thing.
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