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.
|Ingredients||Anise seed, fennel, cinnamon, cloves, and black peppercorn.|
|Recommended Applications||Traditionally used in Chinese Cuisine, this Five Spice Powder is fantastic when added to any sauce or marinade. Used for rubs to accommodate pork, poultry, or seafood for a unique flavor. Rub on a duck or chicken prior to roasting for a spicy-sweet flavor.|
|Basic Preparation||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.|
|Handling / Storage||To be stored in a cool, dry place.|
|Qualities||All Natural, Gluten-Free, Kosher Parve, Non-GMO|
|Country of Origin||United States|
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