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Chinese Five Spice

 Chinese Five Spice
In Englehart, Ontario, Lydia Scott regularly mixes up her own spice blends. "I have recipes of Indian and Mexican spice blends, too," she notes. "But my favorite is this Chinese version with its strong anise flavor. It's so convenient to make this mix from pantry staples I have on hand."
24 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons aniseed
  • 2 tablespoons fennel seed
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons whole cloves
  • 2 tablespoons whole peppercorns

Directions

  • In a spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle, combine all
  • ingredients (in batches if necessary); grind until mixture becomes a
  • fine powder. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
  • Yield: about 1/2 cup.
Nutritional Facts: One teaspoon equals 8 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 2 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, trace protein.