Cracked pepper is an excellent way to prepare the spice for use. Cracking the pepper results in a more peppery “bite” than finely ground pepper. Use this power wisely! It works well with hearty meat preparations, as well as in syrups that will be strained.
Methods of Cracking Pepper:
Easy: Place pepper between two sheets of waxed paper, or in a thick zip-top bag. Using a rolling pin or heavy pan, apply firm, steady pressure to crack the peppercorns.
Easier: Place peppercorns in a mortar and pestle. Carefully pound the pepper until cracked but not finely ground.
Easiest: Put the peppercorns in an adjustable pepper mill placed on the thickest setting. Crack directly onto your dish, or onto wax paper to slide into a measuring spoon.