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    Chinese Take-Out: Chinese Five Spice Powder

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    rosie316's Note:

    Here is a recipe so that you can make your own "Chinese Five Spice Powder" at home. It is much fresher and a lot tastier than the store bought bottles. Please feel free to adjust the quantity of each ingredient to your own liking and leave me a note as to your changes (I'm still playing with the ingredients myself). This keeps quite fresh for 4-6 months if stored properly. I double this batch each time so I do not have to make it as often. I'm kinda guessing at the yield size, as I have never really measured it after grinding. I hope you enjoy this recipe.

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    1. 1
      Heat a heavy bottom skillet over medium-low heat. Add peppercorns and shake pan back and forth for 2-3 minutes.
    2. 2
      Immediately put peppercorns into a spice grinder, along with the star anise and fennel seed. Grind until the spices are finely powdered. Sift the spices through a fine mesh strainer and discard what remains behind. Put powdered spices back into the grinder and add the ground cinnamon and ground clove. Mix again until thoroughly combined.
    3. 3
      Store in a tightly sealed container in a cool, dark place for 4-6 months. (I usually make a double batch and use a small (4 oz) baby food jar for storage).
    4. 4
      Enjoy your "Home-made Chinese Five Spice Powder"!

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 11, 2014


      Mmm smells so wonderful. So much better than store bought. Can't wait to use it. I ground everything fresh, with my motar and pestle, what a great workout. I even ground my cinnamon by hand. So much nicer this way. Made for Culinary Quest 2014 - Suitcase Gourmets.

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    • on September 11, 2014


      SO much better than storebought. Thanks so much for the recipe

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    • on September 09, 2014


      Stellar! I used this on tofu 'cutlets' ( i slice tofu blocks lengthwise into 2 or 3 slabs) then pan fried until crispy. Happy family! Made for Culinary Quest 2014/CCQ.

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    Nutritional Facts for Chinese Take-Out: Chinese Five Spice Powder

    Serving Size: 1 (14 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 11.3
    Calories from Fat 2
    Total Fat 0.3 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 2.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 2.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.7 g
    Sugars 0.0 g
    Protein 0.3 g

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    szechuan peppercorns

    star anise

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