Spice Things Up With Our Hand-Blended Peppercorns

Spice things up with our hand-blended peppercorns

We hand mix these fragrant, flavourful and visually appealing peppercorn blends to add a complex and multi-layered dimension to any dish.  You won’t find any other additives or preservatives in them  . . . just peppercorns, salt, herbs and spices. The perfect complement to our handmade artisan pepper & spice mills, our spice blends can be found in our eStore on Etsy and at select Spicemills.ca shows and events.  (Don’t want to shop on line and can’t make it to one of our shows  . . . call us at 519-270-5531 to arrange for delivery or pick up.)


Our Peppercorn Blends

Trio Blend Peppercorns from Spicemills.caTrio Blend Peppercorns:  A delightful hand-blended mixture of whole Malabar & Tellicherry black and white peppercorns and whole Brazilian pink peppercorns (Baies Rose). A rich fragrance and even flavour with a touch of heat and a hint of sweet, this Trio blend adds nice colour and is a wonderful choice for every day use. Our Trio mix includes approximately 50% black peppercorns and 25% each of white and pink peppercorns.
• 127.5g • $7.50
Silhouette Blend Peppercorns from Spicemills.caSilhouette Blend Peppercorns: A distinctive hand-blended mix of whole Malabar & Tellicherry black and white peppercorns. With a robust fragrance and strong flavour, this Silhouette blend adds a rich taste and is terrific where a deeper peppery flavour is desired. Our Silhouette mix includes approximately 50% each of black and white peppercorns.
• 127.5g • $7.50

Special Blend Peppercorns from Spicemills.ca Special Blend Peppercorns:  A unique hand-blended mix of whole Malabar & Tellicherry black and white peppercorns and whole Brazilian pink peppercorns (Baies Rose), along with a dash of chili pepper flakes, garlic and onion pieces, and dried rosemary leaves. A beautiful multi-layered flavour, and rich aroma, this special blend adds a splash of colour and texture to any meal. Use it to add more flavour (without adding more salt) to just about any dish.
• 127.5g • $7.50

Note: In addition to peppercorns, this blend contains dried herbs and spices and should only be ground in a mill with a ceramic grinding mechanism.  All of our spice mills feature a CrushGrind® ceramic mechanism.

Peppercorn Steak Spice Blend from Spicemills.caNEW Peppercorn Steak Spice Blend: A mixture of whole Malabar & Tellicherry black and white peppercorns and whole Brazilian pink peppercorns (Baies Rose), along with kosher salt, dried garlic and onion pieces, dried rosemary and thyme leaves, dried red pepper flakes, and dried cumin and  fennel seeds. Inspired by a traditional Montreal style Steak Spice, this unique hand-blended mix adds a more peppery flavour and less salt, and imparts a beautiful multi-layered flavour and exceptionally rich aroma. Use it on steaks and burgers (try it on chicken and fish too) for a wonderfully bold flavour.   It is simply the perfect grilling spice!
• 127.5g • $7.50

Note: In addition to peppercorns, this blend contains dried herbs, spices and salt, and should only be ground in a mill with a ceramic grinding mechanism.  All of our spice mills feature a CrushGrind® ceramic mechanism.

Black Peppercorn Blend from Spicemills.caBlack Peppercorn Blend: A mixture of whole Malabar & Tellicherry black and white peppercorns. With a robust peppery flavour, these peppercorns are the foundation of all our blends and are terrific by themselves too.
• 127.5g • $7.50


About Peppercorns

 

Peppercorns come from the flowering Piper nigrum vine. They are native to to the world’s tropical regions and are most commonly grown in India, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam.  Referred to as “the king of spices” peppercorns are the oldest and most used spice. In the middle ages they were so valued that they were sometimes used as a form of currency.

Experts suggest that whole peppercorns were first cultivated for medicinal and culinary use more than 3000 year ago.  “Although always prized as a flavor-enhancing spice, the peppercorn first gained fame for medicinal purposes as a digestive stimulant and expectorant”.1

Today, pepper remains the most versatile spice and is used in virtually all savory cooking. To maximize fragrance, flavour and freshness, it is always best to use whole peppercorns and grind them fresh as needed.

Grinding pepper is fast and easy.  The trick is to use the right tool.  Nothing does a better job than a top quality ceramic mill.

Just about all of us have used (and probably own) a grinder that worked well when we first bought it, but didn’t take long to break or wear out.  With pepper mills it is usually a case of you get what you pay for!  Inexpensive mills are made with inexpensive components and they simply won’t last.  Look for a mill with solid construction and workmanship and the best quality internal mechanism. Most mills are made with either plastic, stainless steel or ceramic grinding mechanisms.  We believe that ceramic is the best choice.

  • Plastic mechanisms were originally designed to grind corrosive minerals like salt.  Their downside is that plastic is too soft to grind hard peppercorns and it wears very quickly.  Plastic grinding mechanisms become useless very fast, and usually have a less than 1 year lifespan.
  • Stainless steel mechanisms are reasonably hard and usually do a fairly good job of grinding peppercorns.  Their downside is that moisture from salt and spices will pit and corrode the steel and ruin the mill.  Oils from the peppercorns can also gum up steel mechanisms and lead to early dulling of the cutting surface.  They are great when you first buy them, but even a good quality stainless steel mechanism may only last a couple of years or more.
  • Ceramic mechanisms are by far the best and are the only mechanisms we use in our spice mills.2    Ceramic is 10 times harder than stainless steel and can grind pepper, salt and most spices very effectively.  It won’t corrode and will stay sharp far longer than stainless steel or plastic.  Ceramic is a durable and efficient choice for a grinding mechanism  and it should last for decades.  Ours is guaranteed for life!

Black pepper is produced from the still-green unripe drupes (fruit) of the pepper plant. The drupes are cooked briefly in hot water, both to clean them and to prepare them for drying. The heat ruptures cell walls in the pepper, speeding the work of browning enzymes during drying. The drupes are dried during which the pepper around the seed shrinks and darkens into a thin, wrinkled black layer. Once dried, the spice is called black peppercorn. Black pepper is used in a wide variety of dishes, and while experts don’t always agree,  most consider it to be spicier than the white variety. Black peppercorns mix well with other peppercorn and spice blends.

White pepper consists of the seed of the pepper plant alone, with the darker colored skin of the pepper fruit removed. This is usually accomplished by a process known as retting, where fully ripe peppers are soaked in water for about a week, during which the flesh of the pepper softens and is released. White pepper is sometimes used in white sauces and light coloured dishes like mashed potatoes, where they do not standout as noticeably as black pepper would. While many chefs and culinary aficionados disagree, most consider white peppercorns to have a milder flavour than black peppercorns. White peppercorns mix well with other peppercorn and spice blends.

Pink pepper is not a true pepper. They are the dried berries of the baise rose plant (Madagascar) or the schinus molle shrub (Peruvian Andes). These rose-hued berries have a pine-like flavour which resembles Juniper and are fragrant and sweet with a lemony essence.  Use pink peppercorns for a sweet, spicy flavour. Pink peppercorns mix well with other peppercorn and spice blends.


1.  From: Peppercorn and Pepper History, By Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, About.com Guide (http://homecooking.about.com/od/foodhistory/a/pepperhistory.htm)

2.  We use only CrushGrind® cermaic mechanisms in our mills. CrushGrind® revolutionized the grinding business by introducing a unique ceramic mechanism, designed to grind not only pepper but also salt, spices and even coffee. The heart of the mechanism is its harder than steel ceramic cone and crown. Well designed, reliable, durable, easy to adjust . . . we believe that they are simply the best grinding mechanisms available today!