[Sca-cooks] How long does pepper retain its potency?

Gretchen Beck cmupythia at cmu.edu
Mon Jun 20 15:31:59 PDT 2011

If would expect some dust in whole peppercorns (at lease with black peppercorns, which are rough), and so some sneezes. After all, a new bottle of whole peppercorns are sneezy, at least partly because the rough sides tend to crumble a little against each other and create pepper dust (and all that entails).

toodles, margaret
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That makes sense.  However, it would be whole peppercorns, not ground,
so I assume that means no sneezing.

Thanks for the reply!

Brighid ni Chiarain

On Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 6:21 PM, Terry Decker <t.d.decker at att.net> wrote:
> I suspect a cask would develope air leaks over several centuries leaving the
> contents extremely diminished.  The ground pepper would probably still make
> people sneeze the way dust does.  You don't need piperine to trigger a
> sneeze.  Odor minimal at best would be my guest.  If you want some kind of
> potency to last over time, seal the pepper air-tight in a glass or ceramic
> jar, keep cool, and keep out of direct sunlight.
> Bear
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