So often you see ‘add fresh cracked pepper’ in a recipe. Pepper that is freshly ground or cracked considerably bumps up the flavor of your pepper. There are many ways to achieve this. By way of mortar & pestle, putting it through a hand-cranked grinder or using an electric grinder like you would use for grinding up whole coffee beans. However you go about it, you will be pleasantly surprised by the fresh peppery difference.