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anise infuses recipes with wonderful licorice flavor and aroma. Though
the pods should not be eaten whole, they do make very pretty accents
for your dish.
Star anise is a ground ingredient in the traditional Chinese five-spice powder, which also contains cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed and Szechuan peppercorns. In Western cultures, star anise is widely used to flavor liqueurs (most notably Galliano) and baked goods.
HistoryStar anise was not known in the United States until 1971, the year the government lifted the ban on imported spices from Mainland China.
Buying TipsStar anise is available at Asian markets and some specialty stores. The stars are available whole or ground to a delicate red-brown powder. For optimal flavor, it's best to buy star anise in small quantities and grind it yourself as needed.
Storage TipsStore whole in an airtight container for up to one year. When ground, it should be kept for no more than three months.
Usage Tips• Add to recipes whole, in pieces or ground.
• Use in small amounts—a little goes a long way.
• Place in the cavity of duck or chicken before roasting.
• Use to flavor holiday cakes, cookies and homemade ice cream.
• Place in a bowl for a fragrant home potpourri.
Substitution Tips• One crushed star anise = 1/2 teaspoon crushed anise seed + a pinch of allspice.
• Chinese five-star powder.
• Anise extract.
Try one of our favorite star anise recipes:
Ted's Basic Thai Stock
Chicken Poached with Star Anise
Pears with Ginger
duck, eggs, fish, leeks, pastry, pears, pork, poultry, pumpkin, shrimp, tarragon
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