Black pepper is available whole, crushed or ground into powder. To ensure best flavor, buy whole peppercorns and grind them yourself in a mill just before adding to a recipe. In addition to superior flavor, buying whole peppercorns will help to ensure that you are purchasing unadulterated pepper since ground pepper is oftentimes mixed with other spices. Whole peppercorns should be heavy, compact and free of any blemishes.
Even through dried herbs and spices like black pepper are widely available in supermarkets, you may want to explore the local spice stores in your area. Oftentimes, these stores feature an expansive selection of dried herbs and spices that are of superior quality and freshness than those offered in regular markets. Just like with other dried spices, when purchasing black pepper try to select that which is organically grown since this will give you more assurance that it has not been irradiated (among other potential adverse effects, irradiating black pepper may lead to a significant decrease in its vitamin C content).
Black pepper should be kept in a tightly sealed glass container in a cool, dark and dry place. Whole peppercorns will keep almost indefinitely, while ground pepper will stay fresh for about three months. Pepper can also be frozen although this will make its flavor more pronounced.
By WH Foods
Bacon Deviled Eggs
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6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and cut in half
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon bacon bits, a little more for garnish
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
Cut eggs in half. Remove yolk and place in a bowl. Using a fork mash yolk. Stir in mayonnaise, salt, pepper, cheese and bacon bits. Stir well. Fill egg whites with yolk mixture. Garnish with bacon bits. Place eggs in a container, cover and chill until ready to serve. Enjoy!