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Food, Inside and Out – – Is the Spice Right, # 1

Food – Inside and Out will be bits and pieces of information about food, recipes, ingredients and maybe even some food history!!

Here we work on a series we call ‘Is the Spice Right’, where we will discuss a spice you may or may not have in your kitchen, but can have an effect those cherished recipes you so love making for the tribe around you.

Everybody loves spices, but not everybody knows spices.  This is the reason for a series we will call ‘Is the Spice Right’, where we will introduce and discuss the inside and outs of a spice which when knowledgeable, even you can make use of in an upcoming recipe for family, friends or maybe just for you.

Is the Spice Right with ‘Allspice’?

Today we discuss Allspice, a spice which sometimes is referred to as Jamaica Pepper, Pimento or Jamaica Pimento and is native to the Western Hemisphere.

Allspice is a dried fruit of the Pimenta dioica plant.  Picked when unripe and green, the fruit will be traditionally dried in the sun which will turn them brown and give it a resemblance of a large peppercorn.

The whole fruit itself will have a longer shelf life than a powdered product and will produce a more aromatic product when you take the time to freshly ground it before using.

Allspice plays a major part in the cuisines found throughout the Caribbean and the Middle East.

The following are some suggested amounts to use for adding flavor to a variety of dishes – –

Ground Allspice:

  • > > ¼ tsp. to 1 tsp. in angel food cake or regular cake mixes.
  • > > 1/8 tsp. to ¾ tsp. in 2 cups of sweet potatoes.
  • > > 1 tsp. in 1 ½ to 2 cups graham crackers crumbs for a pie crust.
  • > > ¼ tsp. to ½ tsp. to 1 lb. of powdered sugar for frosting.
  • > > ½ tsp. to 1 cup of toasted coconut.
  • > > ½ tsp. to 1-inch thick slice of ham.
  • > > 2 tsp. to 2 cups waffle mix or recipe using 2 cups of flour.
  • > > 1/8 tsp. to 1 lb. of ground beef

Whole Allspice:

  • > > 3 in 2-3 cups pea soup
  • > > 4 to 6 for each 2 lbs. fish when being poached.

So, now you have just enough information to consider Allspice as a spice that may be right for you in an upcoming cooking adventure.

Until we cook again – Keep the Kitchen Busy, the Family Fed and Yourself Cared For!!

Prayers, Blessings and Happy Tummies to all – Papa Bill

(Information gathered from various cookbooks and internet cooking sources.)

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer – no part may be used without written permission.)

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