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How to Crush Peppercorns by Hand

Many recipes use crushed peppercorns as pepper is an indispensable flavoring in cooking. If you're a frequent cook and need crushed peppercorns en masse, or don't have a pepper grinder or mortar and pestle, this tip is for you!

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Here's a way to get a coarse grind with no special tools. Fold the peppercorns inside a natural paper coffee filter (they’re stronger than white) and smash them with the flat side of a meat mallet tenderizing. The filter keeps pepper from flying everywhere, and it gives you a convenient funnel that you can throw away.

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