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Mace substitute?

efdee Oct 16, 2008 02:57 PM

I need a small amount of ground mace to flavor the split pea soup that I plan to make but I don't have it and can't get it easily. So what spice would you substitute? I have a lot of other spices, just not mace. (The only other seasoning in the soup is bay leaves.) TIA

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  1. jen kalb RE: efdee Oct 16, 2008 02:59 PM

    well, mace comes from the same fruit as clove so Id say a whole clove or two would do it.
    I usually stick a couple cloves in the onion for my split pea soup - it works fine.

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    1. re: jen kalb
      ChesterhillGirl RE: jen kalb Oct 16, 2008 03:02 PM

      Mace is part of the nutmeg spice, not cloves. A few gratings of nutmeg will give your peas soup a similar flavor to mace.

      1. re: ChesterhillGirl
        Amuse Bouches RE: ChesterhillGirl Oct 16, 2008 03:04 PM

        Agree with this. I also like the website foodsubs.com for questions like this.

      2. re: jen kalb
        DanaB RE: jen kalb Oct 16, 2008 03:04 PM

        Yes, as Chesterhillgirl noted, mace is the outer webbing of a nutmeg, so a little bit of nutmeg should do the trick. Go easy on the nutmeg, though -- while I love it as an accent flavor in savory dishes, a little goes a LONG way.

        1. re: DanaB
          efdee RE: DanaB Oct 16, 2008 03:28 PM

          Thank you, Chowhounds.

        2. re: jen kalb
          jen kalb RE: jen kalb Oct 17, 2008 06:34 AM

          wow I guess the financial crisis is affecting my brain. I was having a hard time visualising the structural relation of the mace with the clove fruit and gave it up- I guess this is why Nevertheless, I recommend the clove as a sub flavor. Obviously nutmeg as suggested would be closer.

        3. greygarious RE: efdee Oct 16, 2008 03:35 PM

          Yes, nutmeg and mace are from the same plant but if you don't have nutmeg, allspice should be similar enough for your purpose.

          1. sarah galvin RE: efdee Oct 16, 2008 04:21 PM

            Mace is not the same as clove. Allspice, mace and nutmeg come from the same tree. All of those have similar flavours. I have a ton of mace and regularly subsitute it for allspice so I'm sure you can do it in reverse.

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            1. re: sarah galvin
              MMRuth RE: sarah galvin Oct 16, 2008 04:40 PM

              I had no idea those three came from the same tree - how interesting.

              1. re: sarah galvin
                greygarious RE: sarah galvin Oct 16, 2008 04:47 PM

                No, allspice is a different plant and the berries are like pea-sized peppercorns.

                1. re: greygarious
                  MMRuth RE: greygarious Oct 16, 2008 04:51 PM

                  Nutmeg & Mace: http://www.chow.com/ingredients/308

                  Allspice: http://www.chow.com/ingredients/264

                  More than we could ever want to know!!

                  1. re: greygarious
                    Karl S RE: greygarious Oct 16, 2008 07:09 PM

                    Mace and nutmeg come from a tree that was originally limited to the Banda islands of eastern Indonesia.

                    Allspice is from a New World plant, famously in Jamaica.

                    1. re: Karl S
                      sarah galvin RE: Karl S Oct 16, 2008 10:29 PM

                      I stand corrected. This is what I was told at a plantation in Goa.

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                  hungrydrivers RE: efdee Jan 29, 2010 04:17 AM

                  Bumping this with a question. I've got a cookie recipe that calls for both nutmeg and mace. I've got the nutmeg, but I'd like to substitute for the mace. More nutmeg? Allspice? Cloves?

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                  1. re: hungrydrivers
                    MMRuth RE: hungrydrivers Jan 29, 2010 06:40 AM

                    What kind of cookie is it? If it's a spice cookie of some sort, I might add a little clove and a little cinnamon.

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                      buttertart RE: hungrydrivers Jan 29, 2010 09:29 AM

                      A bit more nutmeg and some grated lemon rind. mace doen't taste of other spices to me, with clove and cinnamon you would be heading more in an allspice direction.

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