Black pepper is a condiment that in moderation, helps to stimulate the appetite while adding a gentle warmth and pleasant spiciness to foods. Over-peppered food tastes unpalatable, and eating too much black pepper can also irritate the intestinal tract, urinary tract and prostate gland. If you've accidentally sprinkled too much black pepper into your meal, you might feel tempted to throw it away. However, it is possible to salvage an over-seasoned dish by adding cooling ingredients lsuch as sugar, acids and dairy products, which can help to reduce heat and spiciness in your food.
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Cook your meal for as long as possible without burning the food or compromising its taste. The flavour of black pepper diminishes when heated, and therefore a slightly increased cooking time might help calm the taste of your over-seasoned food.
Add a small tin of crushed pineapple or the juice of half a lime to an overly peppery savoury dish or sauce that is based around meat or tomatoes, such as chili con carne or salsa. Towards the end of cooking time, reduce the heat, and then stir the fruit or juice into the food until fully blended.
Add a tablespoon of dairy produce, such as natural yoghurt or sour cream, to an over-seasoned savoury dish that has a creamy texture, such as vegetable risotto or chicken korma. If you have added too much black pepper to a pasta-based dish, such as spaghetti bolognese or spagetti carbonara, stir in a handful of grated cheese, or sprinkle grated cheese on top of the meal.
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