Thursday, 17 February 2022 14:05

A Little Bit of Salt and Pepper

Written by John Reardon

Hellomy Foodie Friends!   

During these winter months, we tend to spend more time indoors, offering us time to break out of our routines to explore new and exciting culinary experiences that may include delving into that recipe that you have always wanted to try. An interesting point I have found is that recipes almost always call for both salt and pepper. This is due to the fact that salt and pepper are used to enhance and add flavor, respectively. Seasoning is about improving the flavor of your food mostly via the addition of salt and pepper. Although herbs, spices, sweet things and acidic things can also be considered seasoning, salt and pepper is typically found in most recipes. A seasoning is anything you add to your food to enhance the flavor. That can be salt, pepper, herbs, spices, and even citrus like lemon juice. Like so many things, there’s a right way to season your food and a wrong way. They are staples on every American dining table and the requisite ingredients in virtually every European cuisine, so inseparable that polite society dictates they always be passed together. Salt and pepper are the undisputed champions of condiments.

“Season with salt and pepper” is a common way to end a recipe. The point is the salt should enhance flavor; unless the saltiness actually is the primary flavor, you shouldn’t actually taste the salt. Pepper, and other spices, can actually be tasted, though to varying degrees depending on the amount and composition of flavors. Thus, if you’re trying to achieve a flavor other than pepper, you should use a different seasoning. But pepper is one of the most versatile and compatible flavors, and thus is used in almost all recipes.

An essential culinary tool to have in your home is the pepper and salt grinder. At Compliments to the Chef, we carry Peugeot pepper and salt mills. The Peugeot pepper mill has been reinventing itself for over 160 years. With its historical savoir-faire and craftsmanship in the manufacture of steel, and its desire to enhance everyday objects with beauty and elegance, Peugeot has combined functionality and refinement in mechanisms designed to make every task a joy. Manufactured in steel, with the u’Select patented adjustable grinding system, wear-resistant and guaranteed for life, the Peugeot pepper mill benefits from a specific treatment that protects it from corrosion and preserves its cutting edge which chops the peppercorns rather than crushing them. It offers a grind that can be adjusted, from coarse to the finest, to bring out all the intensity and character of the aromas of pepper and reveal the subtlety of its flavors.

Because the pepper is ground at the last moment to obtain the full benefit of its aromas, the Peugeot Paris u’Select manual pepper mill is the ideal instrument. With its ingenious grinding adjustment system, you can very simply choose the pepper coarseness that is best suited to your culinary creations. When ground very finely, the pepper highlights its spice. Conversely, when ground more coarsely, unexpected aromas are highlighted. In the kitchen or at the table, this mill will create a sensation with your guests.

The Peugeot salt mill is a perfect embodiment of this generosity. It is equipped with a Peugeot steel mechanism, which comes with a lifetime guarantee, and incorporates into its base the u’Select patented grinding adjustment system allowing you to select the right coarseness for your food without any problem. You can therefore easily season your culinary creations. 

Stop by Compliments to the Chef, your Neighborhood Kitchen and Cutlery store located at 33 Railroad Place, to check out these wonderful mills. This winter; explore food together with your family and friends. Remember my Foodie Friends: “Life Happens in the Kitchen.” 

Take Care, John & Paula


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