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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
Salsa Supreme onions, bell peppers, garlic, cilantro,
parsley, jalapeno, salt, blk. pepper, lime juice pwd., vinegar pwd
Posted March 2020
Saffron & The Parsley
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