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Here's Why You Should Start Grinding Your Own Pepper
By Chris Day
Black pepper is a pantry staple and the most popular and fundamental spice worldwide. Not only does it add flavor and heat to recipes, but the alkaloid piperine present in black pepper has the ability to help fight bacteria and certain types of infections while aiding in better digestion.
As soon as foods are exposed to oxygen, they oxidize and break down, causing black pepper to lose flavor after being exposed to oxygen post-grinding. Even though pre-ground pepper is convenient, you’re better off grinding your pepper in order to achieve the best flavor in your dishes.
A good quality grinder will allow you to adjust the coarseness of the peppercorn to your preference, but be sure to store peppercorns properly to keep them fresh. The best way to store them is to keep them in an airtight container or directly in the pepper mill, and if it’s humid, you can keep them in the fridge to prevent softness.