Toast the whole spices together in a small dry skillet over low heat, stirring and adjusting the heat so that the spices toast without burning. Stir until the spices are fully fragrant and the fennel seeds and lighter-colored spices are lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in ground spices.
Using a spice grinder or coffee grinder, grind the mixture finely. Store in a tightly covered glass jar.
MENU SUGGESTIONS: We use this seasoning in many of our marinades and sauces. It is equally useful, however, in mayonnaise, chopped [favorite] mixtures, sauteed vegetables, and pastas. Makes 3/4 cups (12 one-tablespoon servings)
AuthorNote: The classic Chinese seasoning known as five-spice powder is probably the stuff of antiquity. Blessed with the mystic cosmological designation of five - a scheme the Chinese used over and over in their culture to designate propitiously harmonious aspects of a complete whole - it is comprised of flavors that gather in a sultry union. Orange, cassia (cinnamon), anise, Szechwan peppercorn, and clove are the usual congregants in the mix, a melange that was probably designed to preserve or mask as well as to flavor foods.
Unfortunately, there is little cosmic or culinary harmony to most commercial blends of five-spice. Cheaply and poorly made for the most part, they usually contribute little but a strident cinnamony taste.
Enter the do-it-yourself blend! Complex though it might seem if you have never before roasted and ground your own spices, it is actually very easy. In addition to perfuming your home evocatively for several hours, no more that 15 minutes of simple work will endow your cupboard with a novel, versatile spice.
So why ten-spice instead of five? I can't say, except to suggest that the result is doubly good.
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|Serving Size: 1 Recipe (30g)|
|Recipe Makes: 1 Serving|
|Calories from Fat: 38 (40%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 4.2g||6 %|
|Saturated Fat 0.3g||1 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 2.6g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 0.6g|
|Cholesterol 0mg||0 %|
|Sodium 21mg||1 %|
|Potassium 432.4mg||11 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 16.4g||5 %|
|Dietary Fiber 9.9g||39 %|
|Sugars, other 6.6g|
|Protein 4.1g||6 %|
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Calories per serving: 96
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