Pepper and Peppercorn Tips and Hints

More tips and hints.

  • Dried Peppercorns can be stored for up to one year. After that, they get stale and slowly lose their flavor.
  • Ground Pepper loses its flavor rather quickly. Once ground, it should be stored in a cool , dark place for up to three months.
  • Brined Peppercorns can be stored indefinitely if never opened. Once open, they can be kept for 1 month.
  • Freshly ground pepper has a more lively flavor than its pre-ground counterpart.
  • White Pepper is the best option if you want the flavor of pepper in a lightly colored dish, but don’t want to influence its appearance.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of peppercorns to a to a shaker nearly full of ground pepper will keep the pepper tasting fresher and prevent clumping.
  • If looking for a specific variety of peppercorns, Tellicherry and Indian Malabar are highly regarded.
  • For white peppercorns, Sarawak are quite tasty.
  • Another strike against pre-ground pepper: Most peppercorns used in pre-ground are typically of a poorer quality.
  • Pepper is the perfect combination for savory dishes.
  • One ounce of ground pepper equates to 5 Tablespoons.
  • One cup of peppercorns equates to roughly 1.66 ounces.