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Juniper berries?

gatorfoodie Sep 7, 2008 12:40 PM

Does anyone know where I can find juniper berries in the DC area?

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  1. Gonzocook RE: gatorfoodie Sep 7, 2008 03:42 PM

    The Penzey's catalog has them. I assume their Falls Church and Rockville stores would as well.

    Making your own gin?

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      gatorfoodie RE: Gonzocook Sep 7, 2008 04:58 PM

      no actually when it cools off, I want to make a braised pork shoulder. The braising liquid calls for dark beer and juniper berries with thyme, onions, carrots, etc...(Mark Bittman Recipe)...I'll check out Penzeys.

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      meimei RE: gatorfoodie Sep 7, 2008 07:51 PM

      If you are near Sterling/Dulles Area, I've seen it in Wegmans as well. The spice shelf right by the organic section.

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        duck833 RE: gatorfoodie Sep 7, 2008 07:57 PM

        Every time I am in Eastern Oregon I just pick a bunch of them around Bend.

        Oregon made Gin uses local Juniper berries in their booze.

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          potrzebie RE: duck833 Sep 9, 2008 05:35 AM

          You can find juniper berries in yards as well as public parks all over the DC area. Fresh ones you pluck are much softer than dried ones, and are easier to crush to expose the flavor.

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            gatorfoodie RE: potrzebie Sep 10, 2008 06:17 PM

            is there a particular species of juniper that I should look out for? are the berries essentially all the same? Is there a season for them?

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              potrzebie RE: gatorfoodie Sep 11, 2008 01:45 PM

              I think any juniper species will do. Just pluck a berry and cut into it with your fingernail and put it near your nose. You'll immediately know from the fragrance if you've got something good. Late summer and fall are probably the best time, but I believe you can pick them any time of the year.

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                db0255 RE: potrzebie Dec 12, 2013 09:30 AM

                I know this thread is rather old, but I found it by searching on Google for how to find juniper berries. Many Juniper species are toxic, so not any juniper will do. The Common Juniper has the berries you want.

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          MakingSense RE: gatorfoodie Sep 8, 2008 08:50 PM

          Check Yes! Organic Market. Small local chain with stores in Capitol Hill, Cleveland Park, Columbia Heights, Adams Morgan...
          They sell bulk spices so you don't have to buy an entire jar but regular groceries should stock juniper berries as well.

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            EverydayCook RE: gatorfoodie Mar 20, 2009 11:30 AM

            I found them in Balducci's in Bethesda. Pretty sure that other Balducci's would carry them since they are the store-brand.

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              huesmann RE: gatorfoodie Mar 23, 2009 06:55 PM

              Making sloe gin? ;)

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                MartinDC RE: huesmann Mar 24, 2009 11:05 AM

                I was doing a choucroute garnie, which called for juniper berries. I discovered mine were old and had no flavor. So I poured a little Beefeater gin into the sauerkraut. Worked great!

              2. HonnyBrown RE: gatorfoodie Mar 25, 2009 04:42 PM

                Penzeys. When you go to the store, pick up their catalog. It's a great spice resource.

                I'm surprised that you are using it for pork. Juniper berried are used for taming the gaminess of wild meat.


                1. ChristinaMason RE: gatorfoodie Jul 14, 2011 08:52 AM

                  Cost Plus World Market (Friendship Heights, for one) carries them in sachets.

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