Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is Spicy World Black Tellicherry Peppercorns and I recommend it based on a philosophy I have about all things.
“Whenever possible pay less and get better quality”
In this case you may wonder how that applies to something like pepper. Well lets look at it this way, pepper is a go to spice, if you cook likely you use salt and pepper daily. Any good cook knows that fresh ground pepper is the only way to go. Why? Well black pepper’s real magic is in the oils, if you buy preground most of that wonderful taste and aroma is gone by the time you use it.
If you have ever wondered why pepper smells so amazing when you grind it, it is those oils being released. And aroma and taste are incredibly linked. This is why food tastes so bland when you are sick and congested and can’t smell.
So what most people buy is a small jar of peppercorns at the market, usually malabar, which is fine but about as base model as you can get. They will end up with 2-4 ounces of pepper and pay 4-5 bucks for it. If we do the math you are now paying 20-40 dollars a pound for a low quality product.
Conversely this one pound bag of Tellicherry peppercorns is 12.96 on Amazon with free shipping on prime. What is a Tellicherry Peppercorn?
Tellicherry peppercorns are like San Marzano tomatoes: they need to come from a specific region or they are not San Marzano. In the case of Tellicherry Pepper, the place of course is Tellicherry, a city on the Malabar coast of Kerala in India. They’re considered some of the finest peppercorns in the world, and one of the few “names” in pepper that people are familiar with.
As black pepper goes it is especially sweet, and has aromas from fruity to grassy to citrus and pine—but most of all, a certain bright freshness. The sweet, balanced flavor and complex aroma and really hard hitting spiciness makes it my go to pepper.
And that one pound bag will fill about 4 jelly canning jars, the 4th will be about 3/4th full. I just pop them into my vaccucanner and seal them up, you can do the same with a Foodsaver and the jar attachment. When I get down to 2 jars I order more, I never run out, hey we are preppers right. Key is if you use pepper daily and most of us do, you don’t really need to vac seal them, just put them in a jar. Don’t ask me to explain why, but the price per ounce goes up if you order a two pack, so if you want more than one, get the one pack and change the quantity in your cart.
This is a small savings I admit but if you do this with many of the spices, herbs and seasonings you use regularly it adds up over a year and you build up a storage, and you cook with top vs. mediocre quality. As to quality this item has had 988 reviews on Amazon, it averages 5 stars and only 2% of reviewers rated it two stars or lower. That is stellar performance, give them a try and you will see why.
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