How to Grind Pepper Using a Mortar and Pestle

Everybody knows that freshly ground pepper is the only way to go. It has a much better aroma and flavor than pepper purchased ground. For the very best ground pepper, use a mortar and pestle rather than a pepper grinder. It really does come out differently.


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    Place about two teaspoons of black peppercorns in the mortar.
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    Crack the seeds with the head of the pestle until they are broken.
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    Begin to grind with smooth movements until you have reduced the mixture to a powder.
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    Angle the pestle against the mortar to get the chunks that resist grinding.
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    Place the pestle evenly over the pieces that don't break. Use an even motion to drag the against the mortar.
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    Continue until you have broken the last pieces and the texture is even.


  • Don't apply too much pressure when you are breaking the peppercorns. Since they are round, they may tend to fly out of the mortar.
  • Use only a reasonable amount of pepper at a time. If you use too much pepper, depending on the size of the mortar, you will have problems getting to a uniform powder.


  • The movements should be cyclic and smooth. Otherwise, you may end up with pepper in your eyes, which is dangerous.

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