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Homemade five-spice is a lot easier to make than you might be assuming. Learn to prepare homemade five-spice with help from a passionate cook obsessed with spices in this free video clip.

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Hello, I'm Carol Peterman, owner of Tablefare.com. I'm going to show you how to make a very popular spice blend, Chinese five spice. There are different types of five-spice blends used around the world, but the most well known is Chinese five spice. The signature element of this blend is the very distinct flavor of star anise. To Chinese cuisine, it's an essential flavor, and it's used liberally as a general seasoning for all sorts of dishes from meats and seafoods to tofu and vegetables. The five spices in this blend are star anise, cinnamon, fennel seed, Szechuan pepper corns and cloves. Like most spice mixes, the proportions can vary from cook to cook. So you can certainly play with my version to suit your pallet. To make your own blend, you just need to measure 1 tablespoon of roughly crushed star anise, 2 teaspoons of fennel seeds, and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, and this is a ground cinnamon that I'm using. Next one is 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of Szechuan peppercorns, 1 and 1/2, and the last spice is a teaspoon of whole cloves. So you can grind these together either using a mortar and pestle, or in a little electric coffee grinder. Oh my goodness, the aroma is fantastic. So, you want to transfer your Chinese five spice to an air-tight container, and store it away from heat and direct light, and try to use it up within two to three months, since the spices are ground, their flavor will begin to fade within a few months. So, ways to use your Chinese five spice, it works great as a dry rub, to season marinades, or you can season soups and stocks that are used for braising. You can also use it just in a quick stir fry. Chinese five spice is a really versatile blend. So, have some tasty fun experimenting with it.

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