Five spice powder is made of five ingredients, with the fifth one always being up for debate. Star anise, cloves, fennel seeds, and cinnamon are mandatory. Then it gets tricky; either the fifth spice consists of black peppercorns or Sichuan peppercorns. It really depends on who you ask in China. Heck, even in Southern parts of China the cinnamon is switched out for dried tangerine peel.
So like most blends there are rules to its composition, but you only follow them if you want to and if you can agree on whose rules to follow.
This blend is used mainly as a rub or marinade ingredient for pork or duck as it brings out their savory, naturally salty flavors. This also combines well with garlic, scallions, ginger, and soy sauce. As this blend is very strong, use sparingly or add to recipes as required. If adding to a sauce, allow the sauce to simmer for 3-5 minutes to allow for the flavors to blend. For a more complex taste, allow this Five Spice Powder to be cooked for longer time periods.
All ingredients at Spice Enthusiast are packaged fresh daily and delivered to your door in a heat-sealed resealable Kraft bag for optimal freshness and shelf-life. Store your ingredients in a cool, dry place.
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All orders at Spice Enthusiast are delivered to your door in a heat-sealed resealable Kraft bag for optimal freshness and shelf-life. Please store your ingredients in a cool, dry place.
Spice Enthusiast is unable to accept returns or exchanges on food products because they are perishable items. Our products are packaged fresh at the time of your order in premium Kraft packaging. For this reason, returns can't be placed back into inventory. All of our spices, herbs, blends and ingredients are of the highest quality and we stand by our products.
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