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    Re: Splendid Spices

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    CULINARY USES

    Anise seeds are very widely used in preparing various cuisines. It is popularly used in liqueurs. It enhances the taste of cooked fruit dishes, cheese, eggs and lot of baked products. Famous for its taste that resembles that of licorice, these seeds are commonly used as an artificial flavouring for licorice. It is also used in processed foods, including the pet foods. It is commonly confused with other spices and herbs. Anise seeds add a unique flavor to the food recipes.


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    ANISE EXTRACT

    This extract is derived from a spice called star anise or anise, and looks like a wooden flower with 6-8 petals. It is majorly used in flavouring items like cakes and cookies while baking or cooking. This extract is especially famous for the strong, lingering, and slightly sweet licorice flavour and so it requires only a small amount of addition at one time.

    The Making

    Anise extract is made through a process called absorption. Absorption involves extracting the flavours from either anise or star anise. Alcohol is needed as a solvent. One needs to use a high proof alcohol agent and then steep the aforementioned items in it. Let this mixture sit for about 4-5 months in a cool dark spot for all the flavours to be essentially brought out.


    COOKING and BAKING

    The main use of anise extract is made while cooking and baking. It is used as a food additive to release the flavours of the dish that it is put in, as well as to add to the flavouring of the dish by adding its distinct licorice type flavor. It therefore lends a more aromatic experience to the whole cuisine.

    Due to its strong flavor, it is used in very small quantities for most of the dishes. The idea is to only release a hint of the flavor. It works really well when used in combination with spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. It is especially used while making cookies.


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    SIDE EFFECTS

    It is extremely important that the extract be used in a limited quantity mainly because of its strong flavour. This is important so that it only enhances the flavours of a dish, and does not override the flavours, thus spoiling the dish in the bargain.

    Other than this drawback, there are some other side effects that might also be seen.

    Allergic reactions

    vomiting and nausea

    Skin irritation, especially, if it is taken raw

    Muscle weakness

    High blood pressure

    Excess thirst

    Frequent urination

    Digestion problems

    Though there are several side effects of the extract that have been mentioned in the article, it is important to note that these are quite rare and do not make way if the extract is used in measured quantities.


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    REPLACING ANISE SEED

    When it comes to substitution, a few other seeds, like star anise, fennel seeds, and caraway seeds can be used to replace aniseeds in a recipe. The flavours of these seeds closely resemble the smell of anise seeds.

    Star Anise

    Those looking for a less expensive substitute of aniseeds can go for star anise seeds. Star anise is a small evergreen tree, native to China and Vietnam. The seeds of this plant are an important spice used widely in Chinese, Indian, and Malaysian cuisines.

    Like aniseeds, they can improve digestion, relieve abdominal pain and headaches, and prevent colic in babies. The seeds contain anethole, the same substance that gives aniseed its flavor. One star anise is equivalent to about 1/2 teaspoon of crushed aniseeds, which should be kept in mind while substituting one for the other.

    Fennel Seeds

    Fennel seeds are an integral part of Indian and Chinese cuisines. They also contain the compound, anethole, which is why their flavor is similar to that of anise seed. But fennel seeds are more aromatic and sweeter than aniseeds. The medicinal properties of fennel seed are also similar to those of aniseeds.


    Caraway Seeds

    Caraway or the meridian fennel plant is a member of the same plant family to which the anise plant belongs. Caraway seeds have a delicate, licorice-like flavor, just like the anise seeds. Therefore, they can be used to substitute aniseeds in a recipe.


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    SUBSTITUTE FOR STAR ANISE

    A star anise has a rather pungent aroma and taste with a nutty and slightly licorice like flavor. A good substitute for star anise is one which has a similar flavour profile to that of the original spice.

    Chinese Five Spice Powder:

    A good ground star anise substitute for such meat dishes with a gravy base is Chinese five spice powder. Chinese five spice powder is made by mixing five spices; and they are Szechuan peppercorn powder, cinnamon powder, ground star anise, ground cloves and ground fennel seeds in a definite proportion. As the Chinese five spice powder already contains ground star anise as one of its ingredients, it makes a very good substitute for star anise.

    Ground Cloves and Cassia Bark Powder:

    Another great substitute for ground star anise is to use equal amounts of ground cloves and cassia bark powder. Although one won't get the same depth of flavour as star anise, this substitution works quite well in dishes.


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    Re: Splendid Spices

    SUBSTITUTE FOR STAR ANISE

    Aniseed and Fennel Seeds:

    Aniseed has a flavor and aroma that is very much similar to that of star anise although it is much milder and less nutty in taste. Fennel seeds have a milder and sweeter taste. By using both these spices together, one can replicate the flavour of star anise.

    Caraway Seeds:

    One can also use caraway seeds along with tarragon to impart a similar flavour to the dish. As caraway seeds are a little bitter in taste with a strong intense flavour, it should be used sparingly.


    Whole Cloves:

    Other than its uses in savoury dishes, star anise is also used to impart flavour in fruit compotes and jams. A great substitute for star anise in fruit preserves and compotes is whole cloves.

    Always check the amount of substitute spice one add in the dish before using it so that the flavours are not too strong.


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