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Parsley Porch Pepper & Peppercorns

Pepper has been called the "King of Spices"  It crosses every culture and there are many choices of enjoying the dried berries of Piper nigrum which are ground into particles of many sizes.  Like all spices, freshness is a key quality.  Parsley Porch, fine, medium and coarse ground pepper is purchased at the peak of freshness and has a mouth watering aroma.  Convenience is a primary reason for buying ground pepper.  However, as the owner, I highly recommend investing in a good pepper mill and buying WHOLE peppercorns.  Fresh ground pepper is a culinary delight often provided by servers at the finest restaurants.  Why not enjoy it every meal?  I tell my customers that grinding peppercorns is similar to grinding coffee beans prior to brewing coffee.  Taste and smell are always connected.  Let's review options for Parsley Porch whole peppercorns:

BLACK Peppercorns:  These are the most common and the fruits of a flowering pepper vine.  Sometimes they are cooked but always sun dried turning their characteristic black color.  Flavor nuances come from the soil, climate and harvesting methods.  Our "Black Peppercorns" are "Lampong" and are a very high quality grown in Sumatra (Indonesia).  Our PREMIUM peppercorns are "Tellicherry" and grown in India.  Considered by gourmet chefs to be the finest in the world, they are kept on the vine longer, are larger and have a flavor complex unequaled.  This is MY primary pepper choice for meal preparation.

WHITE Peppercorns:  These are what you have after black peppercorns are soaked and the dark skins removed.  They are less pungent and because of color are often preferred in cream sauces, fish preparation and light colored dishes where you don't want the color of pepper to stand out.

GREEN Peppercorns: These are picked while immature and unripe, hence the green color.  They are aromatic, with a fresher, fruitier flavor than white or black peppercorns but not nearly as sharp.  They are unique in flavor and popular in French cuisine.  At The Parsley Porch freshly ground green peppercorns are what give "Montreal Steak Rub", one of our best selling  blends, it great flavor and aroma.  Less than an hour before this post I grilled hamburgers seasoned with Montreal Steak Rub.  Yum!! :-)

PINK Peppercorns: Not true peppercorns, but berries of totally different plants (trees) from Peru or Brazil of the genus Schinus.   These are milder with bits of sweetness and highly fruity.  Great for flavor and color in any dish.

4 BLEND Peppercorns:  You guessed it!  All 4 of those listed above are combined.  Terrific flavor profile and look great in a clear pepper mill.  The best of all worlds in flavor and color.

Posted February 2020

Salsa Supreme

Salsa Supreme is an absolute favorite of family and friends but needs a promotional agent or in this case a blog.  This product will make RESTAURANT quality salsa in minutes which used to take me hours to produce.  Add SALSA SUPREME to chopped tomatoes.  While you can use canned diced tomatoes, personally, I prefer Roma or plum tomatoes that are meaty and cut them in half and then process them through a "French fry" slicer to get chunks that are about a 1/2 long.  Add to taste but 6-8 tomatoes with 1-2 tbls. of SALSA SUPREME will give you a fresh, vibrant salsa that will have your friends and family uttering superlatives.  Personally, I drizzle a bit of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) and while there is salt in the blend, I like a wee bit more. Stir and let the mix "marry" for 20-30 minutes for best flavor.   Without question, this is the #1 blend request I get all the time from friends and family. 
One of the hottest condiments in current society that has enormous popularity is "Guacamole".  Avocados are among the healthiest fresh vegetables loaded with nutrient rich, heart-healthy vitamins & minerals with a flavor that many customers LOVE.  Local sub shops charge $1 for a dollop to any sandwich.  SALSA SUPREME makes mouth watering guacamole in record time.  Just keep the ratio of avocados to tomatoes, 2:1.  Add SALSA SUPREME to suit your individual tastes.  Remember you can always add MORE but can't take it out.  EVERYTHING you need is in there! 

Salsa Supreme  onions, bell peppers, garlic, cilantro, parsley, jalapeno, salt, blk. pepper, lime juice pwd., vinegar pwd

Bon appetit! 

Posted March 2020

Saffron & The Parsley Porch

Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world and by weight is 20% of the value of gold.  Culinary uses of saffron go back to the Bronze Age (1500 BC) and it was celebrated in many cultures across the known world.  Saffron comes Crocus sativum and the 3 red stigmas in the female portion of each flower.  Gathering saffron is extremely labor intensive as it takes 167 flowers to produce 1 gram and there are 80,000 threads in one pound.  Since it is so expensive it is the most “pirated” spice in the world as dishonest purveyors will add floral waste to increase the weight.  International law (ISO-3632) has lab tests for saffron quality.   The content of safranal, which gives the aroma and picrocrocin which gives the flavor and color results in ungraded, saffron 3, saffron 2 and saffron 1 which is the highest grade. The Parsley Porch sells ONLY saffron 1.  Picrocrocin readings of over 200 are necessary for this rating and we have sold saffron that measures 230+ on the ISO 3632 scale.  Having a Master’s +60 in biology, and having taught 41 years, I get this.  But what my customers care about is the coloring and taste.  Since saffron has been around for 3000+ years, TASTE is how many experts determine quality.  Similarly, we can express hot peppers in Scoville heat units but we know how a hot pepper is when we TASTE it.  If Parsley Porch saffron were not of the highest quality, our sales would not be what they are.  We have over 200 products at The Parsley Porch and saffron sales makes up about 10% our total business income.  Saffron 1 is commonly sold for about $11 /gram.  If you buy the “blister packs” at the checkout you pay $3+ for 3 grains.  While grains and grams are both units of weight, there are >15 grains = 1 gram and thus you pay $15 for a gram at the grocery store.  Parsley Porch saffron is $6.50 for 1 g and $12 for a 2 g vial.  We stand by our “catchphrase”…”The BEST Spices at GREAT Prices”.  Bon appetit!

Posted May 2020

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