Thursday, March 29, 2012

White Pepper aka Manure Sprinkles

White pepper needs to stay out of my life FOREVER! 


We got a new salt and pepper shakey thing. The pepper side is fancy, you know the kind you grind. That's all it takes for me to feel fancy. Well let me warn you, not all pepper is the same. Some pepper smells like a barn. More specifically, manure. So basically you're just sprinkling manure all of your food. Why would someone do that? Are there people that like this? There must be because white pepper exists. 
At first I thought I was getting sick or something and my sense of smell was doing awful things to me to warn me I was about to be ill. Then Scott said something about the pepper. I wasn't alone. He didn't call it manure though. Maybe he didn't want to creep me out. He said, "I think this is white pepper. It has a very distinct smell." I wasn't quite willing to admit that it smelled like poop. So I said, "Well I hate it. What does it smell like?" He said, "Really strong." Then I was finally willing to say it aloud, "It smells like manure." Scott agreed. 


I googled, obviously. There are others out there. We all know about it. We know that some people out there like to sprinkle manure scent on their food. The jig is up! 


I found this fact: White pepper retting process can biochemically form 3-methylindole (fecal, swine-manure-like), 4-methylphenol (fecal, horse-like), and butanoic acid (cheese-like).


NOOO! What is this? Never again. This will never happen again. Trust your nose. 


Or is this one of those things that only tastes bad to some people? Like how for some people cilantro tastes like soap? Maybe. I guess if white pepper isn't manure to you, have at it. Or if it is and you like manure, continue to have at it. I will not be joining you. 

13 comments:

Gary's third pottery blog said...

I wonder, have you ever seen the red or green peppercons? they look cute, wonder what they taste like?

BSOB said...

hmmm, i must admit I do love the multi colored pepper peppers, and theyre extra good in a claim broth, but maybe clams and manure are born to go together. who knows!

Anonymous said...

I love this post.

For some reason, I purchased white pepper a few months ago thinking it was better than black. I was sorely disappointed. I think it's best with Asian recipes, but it will ruin the classic western one. I think the appeal of white pepper, for me, was how finely ground it is. I also assumed it'd be milder - I'm one of those people that cringes when she bites down on an unexpected pepper grain.

Tonight I experienced this strong manure sensation from what I thought was black grinder pepper...nope! It has a few white grains in there, too! Anyway, every few bites I thought I had accidentally put something 'bad' in my wonderful pasta dish.

I'm glad it was just a stinky pepper grain.

Jennifer Cote said...

Yep. We thought our food had turned bad. Took a poll- asked various dinner guests to give us feedback. My son, to his wife, "No, honey, you CAN'T smell this. It smells too bad." Haha. Of course she had to smell it.

We sterilized the grinder and refilled it with good ole' black pepper!

Rachel said...

I used white pepper for my first time ever last night. I was shocked by the smell, as I had never heard about it before!
But, the dish I put it in tastes fine, just like if I'd used black pepper.
There's also curry and sage in this, but I can't even smell the manure in the finished dish.

bela05 said...

white pepper does smell exactly like manure, at first i thought WTF, why would anyone use this? then i started enjoying the fact that it smelled like wonderful farmland in ohio, it made me feel good, sunny warm days, freshly fertilized fields, cows, mmmm. now i use it a lot. it has a fabulous "earthy" taste, very natural, a must in white sauces, cheese sauces, fab, love it. and i actually get a grin on my face as i use it, manure indeed.

bela05 said...

white pepper does smell exactly like manure, at first i thought WTF, why would anyone use this? then i started enjoying the fact that it smelled like wonderful farmland in ohio, it made me feel good, sunny warm days, freshly fertilized fields, cows, mmmm. now i use it a lot. it has a fabulous "earthy" taste, very natural, a must in white sauces, cheese sauces, fab, love it. and i actually get a grin on my face as i use it, manure indeed.

karen said...

I was relieved and heartened to find that I am not the only one who thinks white pepper smells like manure (pig manure, for me). I first had it at a bed and breakfast in Ireland where I'd just sprinkled it on my lovely sunny-side-up eggs. There was no way out of it. :^P

Anonymous said...

I too was relieved to find that I sm not the only one that thinks white pepper smells like manure! Wow. I always use black, even if a recipe calls for white. I don't mind black flecks. I purchased for ginger cookies. I actually threw out the first one I had thinking it was the particular spice purveyor. It's black pepper for me. I can't stand that I can still smell it in the soup I just made! Live and learn!

Unknown said...

I put it on my chicken...smelled my hand... Ewwww! Pig shit was the first thought! Then i hoped my chicken would be better? Nope! Pig shit chicken!

Maureen Stoddard said...

I feel the same way!!! Pig shit! Yuck!!!

Unknown said...

Thanks! I always thought horse urine. Nice to know the right number now. And pigs, too. Oh well, it's nice to know I'm not alone. - Paul

rikichef said...

Lol...had a recipe that called for it and when I opened the jar thought it was rancid. Used it anyway and ruined the dish. Went to a spice specialty store and it smelled the same! I always thought white pepper was some part if black pepper...nope!

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