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Is Peppercorn All The Same?

WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 9,982
edited January 19 in EggHead Forum
I received a set of battery powered salt/pepper grinders as a gift awhile back. I'm just getting around to using them as I had a cheaper set before and never gave much thought about the actual spices that I put in them.  

Is all peppercorn the same? Is there other options that I should look into other than just black peppercorn for a pepper flavor?

The same goes with salt. Any other options for salt one might recommend for the grinder?

Thanks!
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  • womauswomaus Posts: 222
    Go for Tellicherry....has a nice bite to it. It's a black peppercorn.

    Also spring for some white peppercorns, and get a dedicated grinder. A bit milder, and doesn't color the end product.
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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 26,278
    I will defer to the eggsperts but there are many different peppercorns out there and with different profiles, black, off red and white are the ones I see as most common.
    Regarding salt- same thing although given the driver is NaCl the flavor variations are less.  FWIW-
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  • BotchBotch Posts: 12,947
    edited January 19
    According to ATK, "tellicherry" is a size designation (large) and not a specific type.  
    And regarding salt, I don't use/have a salt grinder, use yours for another type of pepper.  The grind does make a difference when measuring out salt for a recipe, but for final adjustments to a dish I don't measure, I taste.  Some claim a flaky, "sea" salt gives a better crunch or mouthfeel at the end of cooking; that's up to you.  
     
    EDIT:  Here's the ATK segment (and I guess "tellicherry" also has to come from India, my bad):
     

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  • buzd504buzd504 Posts: 3,644
    WeberWho said:
    I received a set of battery powered salt/pepper grinders as a gift awhile back. I'm just getting around to using them as I had a cheaper set before and never gave much thought about the actual spices that I put in them.  

    Is all peppercorn the same? Is there other options that I should look into other than just black peppercorn for a pepper flavor?

    The same goes with salt. Any other options for salt one might recommend for the grinder?

    Thanks!

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  • While not technically peppercorn, pink peppercorn is a favourite flavour of mine. Really unlike anything else, in the best possible way. It is to die for in a cheese fondue. Pricey, but incredible. 
  • AcnAcn Posts: 4,014
    Sichuan peppercorns are extremely unique as well, and key to a lot of iconic dishes.

    Salt grinders have always seemed pointless to me.  You grind spices to release oils and aromas in the berry; salt is a rock.  You grind it, and you get smaller rocks.

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  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 8,969
    Acn said:
    Sichuan peppercorns are extremely unique as well, and key to a lot of iconic dishes.

    Salt grinders have always seemed pointless to me.  You grind spices to release oils and aromas in the berry; salt is a rock.  You grind it, and you get smaller rocks.
    Quite numbing 
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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 29,504
    first time i bought tellicherry from penzys i saw the difference. the good stuff and fresh, has a good pepper bite. im heavey handed with pepper, grinder at the stove and one next to my chair. i use the white pepper to hide it from the non spice people. while i do have  small salt grinder next to my chair for a finer grind, i mainly just use the store bought seasalt that comes in the McCormick grinder ready to go. everyone went with seasalt years ago, do we not need iodine anymore..........
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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 16,536
    first time i bought tellicherry from penzys i saw the difference. the good stuff and fresh, has a good pepper bite. im heavey handed with pepper, grinder at the stove and one next to my chair. i use the white pepper to hide it from the non spice people. while i do have  small salt grinder next to my chair for a finer grind, i mainly just use the store bought seasalt that comes in the McCormick grinder ready to go. everyone went with seasalt years ago, do we not need iodine anymore..........
    Dairy, eggs, and seafood ( I think) have iodine, but I don't know what the necessary amounts of these are that one needs to eat, to meet iodine requirements. In our part of the world, we may be able to get by without iodized salt, but I haven't verified this. 

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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 29,504
    caliking said:
    first time i bought tellicherry from penzys i saw the difference. the good stuff and fresh, has a good pepper bite. im heavey handed with pepper, grinder at the stove and one next to my chair. i use the white pepper to hide it from the non spice people. while i do have  small salt grinder next to my chair for a finer grind, i mainly just use the store bought seasalt that comes in the McCormick grinder ready to go. everyone went with seasalt years ago, do we not need iodine anymore..........
    Dairy, eggs, and seafood ( I think) have iodine, but I don't know what the necessary amounts of these are that one needs to eat, to meet iodine requirements. In our part of the world, we may be able to get by without iodized salt, but I haven't verified this. 

    kind of surprised its not listed in any of the blood work ive had in the last year with the last 40 or so tubes taken. im sure i get enough with cheese, eggs, and seafood
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  • LegumeLegume Posts: 12,589
    caliking said:
    first time i bought tellicherry from penzys i saw the difference. the good stuff and fresh, has a good pepper bite. im heavey handed with pepper, grinder at the stove and one next to my chair. i use the white pepper to hide it from the non spice people. while i do have  small salt grinder next to my chair for a finer grind, i mainly just use the store bought seasalt that comes in the McCormick grinder ready to go. everyone went with seasalt years ago, do we not need iodine anymore..........
    Dairy, eggs, and seafood ( I think) have iodine, but I don't know what the necessary amounts of these are that one needs to eat, to meet iodine requirements. In our part of the world, we may be able to get by without iodized salt, but I haven't verified this. 

    kind of surprised its not listed in any of the blood work ive had in the last year with the last 40 or so tubes taken. im sure i get enough with cheese, eggs, and seafood
    Not sure they measure free iodine, it would probably be evident in a thyroid panel, I think.
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 40,429
    If you aren't pregnant or breastfeeding (are you?), you probably don't need iodized salts if you regularly eat what Cali listed.  Most processed foods with salt added don't use iodized salt.  A sign of low iodine is goiter and hypothyroidism, although lots of other things can cause that.  But hypothyroidism will give you low energy and make your life miserable so it's good to know.
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  • EoinEoin Posts: 4,303
    For pepper, just buy good quality. Find an Indian supermarket to get cheap bulk spices. I also use a 5 spice pepper mix - black, white, green & red plus allspice berries. I grind in a pestle and mortar.

    For salt, I use Maldon sea salt. You can crush the flakes between your fingers, no grinder needed.
  • LegumeLegume Posts: 12,589
    Eoin said:
    For pepper, just buy good quality. Find an Indian supermarket to get cheap bulk spices. I also use a 5 spice pepper mix - black, white, green & red plus allspice berries. I grind in a pestle and mortar.

    For salt, I use Maldon sea salt. You can crush the flakes between your fingers, no grinder needed.
    I have used a similar blend here, except it had coriander seeds instead of allspice. Smaller proportion of coriander to the pepper varieties so it was just a hint.  
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 40,429
    Regarding the colored pepper mixes - FYI/FWIW - the pink pepper is actually a nut, so if you have any friends or family with nut allergies, beware.
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  • HansmHansm Posts: 213
    Pepper is not pepper. Store brands all suck, no flavor. I shop at the following
    https://penderys.com/
    https://www.thespicehouse.com/products/tellicherry-peppercorns


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  • BuckeyeForkBuckeyeFork Posts: 133
    I haven’t gotten around to trying them all, but thank you, this will save me a ton of time!
  • paqmanpaqman Posts: 4,012
    Real tellicherry from the north of Kerala is a game changer.  Most of what you will find on the market is either an entirely different variety or adulterated with karnataka because it looks almost the same and is cheaper.

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