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Measuring ground pepper

For recipes that call for a specific amount of ground pepper, I’ve found an easy way to avoid grinding it and scooping it into measuring spoons, which is messy and time-consuming. Instead, I counted the number of turns my peppermill took to measure out 1/2 teaspoon, which was 10 turns. Knowing that, I can grind pepper directly into the saucepan or skillet, turning the grinder 20 times for a teaspoon or five times for 1/4 teaspoon. It’s helpful to mark the number of turns on a piece of tape on the side of the mill for easy reference.

Martha DeShong, Honeoye Falls, NY

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