Questions tagged [pepper]

Questions about black/green/white pepper, whether ground or as whole peppercorns.

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What is the difference between red pepper and cayenne pepper?

I read that cayenne pepper is meant to be moderately hot while red pepper is very hot. At the same time from the pictures it seems cayenne pepper is a red pepper. I'm confused please clarify.
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Is seeding peppers a must when making hot sauce

I'm trying my hand at a homemade hot sauce using some habaneros and every recipe I've seen calls for unseeding them. I'm not particularly worried about making the sauce too hot, so I'm wondering if I ...
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White pepper vs. black pepper

Other than color, what is the difference between white pepper and black pepper? I thought it was purely a color thing so that black pepper wouldn't ruin the color of, say, a white sauce. We tried ...
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Why is black pepper both grey and black?

A container of black pepper seems to have both black and greyish bits. Why is this the case? Shouldn’t it all just be black?
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What is the best way to find a reliable pepper mill?

After someone posted a link to a hand-turned coffee grinder, I was reminded that I needed to replace my pepper mill. My third one in about seven years. After reading the 1 through 4 star (and skimmed ...
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Why whole peppercorns?

Some recipes call for whole peppercorns. Why not crack them and use a lot less? In a cooking show I watched recently the host specifically said "Do not crack or grind them" but he did not explain why. ...
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In a recipe, how much is “to taste”?

A lot of recipes I've been preparing lately often list salt and black pepper as "to taste" in terms of quantity. I get that the general idea is to make the food taste good, but I'm not sure that I ...
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Why put pepper on a dish before cooking?

(Almost?) every good recipe for searing/grilling steaks advises to season the steak with salt and pepper before cooking it. However, I’m reasonably sure that pepper is extremely sensitive to heat and ...
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What makes black pepper strong or mild?

I ate black pepper with chips from the shop and it tasted very strong(a good thing for me). I bought some black pepper from the shop however it didn’t taste the same and the label also read ‘mild’. ...
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Too much pepper in soup: any way to fix?

I added too much ground black pepper to my soup (was actually following a recipe for once, while I usually season to taste) - is there any way to rectify this other than diluting it? I think I vaguely ...