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Pork Brine abd Star Anise

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I would like to  use star anise in my pork brine but I can't figure out how to use it .  Do I put it boiling water with sugar and salt or in the gallon of cold water?  I would like to bring out the flavor of star anise , juniper berries and coriander seeds   John

post #2 of 14

What if you use it pulverized as a dry rub with the other spices?

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post #3 of 14

I would put the star anise and any other seasonings ( such as juniper berry and coriander seed ) in the boiling water with the salt and sugar.

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I would put the star anise and any other seasonings ( such as juniper berry and coriander seed ) in the boiling water with the salt and sugar.

I would recommend, in addition to the great advice of cheflayne, toasting those spices briefly before adding them to the liquid that you will boil them in. 

post #5 of 14
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how long shall I toast them? How long shall I boil them to get the flavor out of them? How many star anise do I need for a gallon of brine? In the 1 cup boiling water. Thank you for your help so far, I'm new to using star anise. How do o get the flavor out of star anise. Thank you again John

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how long shall I toast them? 

Until you can smell them in your kitchen. 

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how long shall I toast them? How long shall I boil them to get the flavor out of them? How many star anise do I need for a gallon of brine? In the 1 cup boiling water. Thank you for your help so far, I'm new to using star anise. How do o get the flavor out of star anise. Thank you again John

 

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Until you can smell them in your kitchen. 

Simmer the water with star anise for 30 or so minutes. I would use about 2-3 whole star anise for one gallon of brine. 

 

Star anise can be used in different ways, ground into a powder, used whole to flavor stock/brine/soup etc., 

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How do I toast them? Put them in the oven? What temp and for how long?
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How do I toast them? Put them in the oven? What temp ...

I just put them in a pan over low/medium heat. You could use a 350 oven.

 

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....and for how long?
 
See my previous answer:
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Until you can smell them in your kitchen. 

post #10 of 14
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Ok thank you much for ur help! John
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I just put them in a pan over low/medium heat.

Like this, be sure to dry toast them, no oil etc. Shake gently for 2-3 minutes till fragrant. The coriander will start to pop a bit and you might see tiny puffs of smoke. When this happens, they are ready.

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post #12 of 14
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If I simmer the Star Anise and Coriander for 30 minutes the water will soon evaporate.  Now do I keep putting in water or let it alone?  John

post #13 of 14

I would combine half of the water with the salt, sugar, and spices. Bring to a boil. Turn the heat off and let it sit for 15 minutes. Add the remaining water.

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post #14 of 14
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How much anise,coriander and mustard seed do I need for a 6 pound turkey? How much boiling water do I need for the brine ? Cold

 

water? Sugar? Salt? John

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