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Jun 21, 2013 05:59 PM

Chinese five spice powder

Just what is in the above ingredient? (Star anise, I believe.) I'm all out and need to use it in a recipe and don't feel like making a special trip. Any good substitutes?

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  1. It's called five-spice because there are five ingredients.

    Depending on who makes it, you can have star anise, cinnamon, Sichuan peppercorn, black pepper, cloves, fennel seed, ginger, and/or, orange peel.

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    1. re: wattacetti

      I made a big jar of fresh ground last year in November.

      I gave half away and still have what appears to be a full jar. A little goes a long way, but one can store in in the freezer.

    2. Thanks, folks. As it turns out, we had most of those ingredients. always fun to improvise!

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      1. re: tfallath

        Keep a track of your starting measurements; if you start grinding your own and want some semblance of consistency batch to batch you'll want to know how you made it in the first place.