Five Spice Powder
I bought Five Spice Powder, pre-mixed, several years ago. Now I can't find it locally. I could have ordered it from somewhere on the internet, but then I would be paying for shipping. Why shouldn't I mix it myself?
This is really simple.
Mix equal amounts of:
- ground anise
- ground pepper
- ground cinnamon
- ground cloves
- ground fennel
If any of the spices are whole, grind them separately in a spice mill, blender or coffee grinder. Make sure they're finely ground.
Store the mixed spices in an airtight container.
I use Five Spice Powder in hot cereal and in muffins. It is often used as a rub for grilled meats and as an addition in marinades. Try it… you'll like it!
Chinese Five Spice Powder
A common ingredient in traditional Chinese and Vietnamese dishes, Chinese five spice powder combines five spices in an explosion of flavor that covers all five tastes -- sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and umami. Makes about 1/4 cup.
Gather your spices and combine them in a spice mill, coffee grinder, or mortar and pestle.
Grind until they are a fine powder.
Transfer to a small, air-tight container. If desired, use a fine mesh strainer to filter out any larger particles.
Store in a cool, dark location. Use up within a matter of months for best flavor.
Feel free to increase or decrease the amounts of certain spices to get the taste that best suits your preference!
I do recommend whole spices, but if any of your spices are ground, go ahead with grinding the whole ones and simply mix in the ground ones after the fact.
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