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Description: Provides a licorice-like flavor. (All pods are not perfect)
Usage: Anise star is used on chicken, shell fish, fish stews, soups, rice dishes, and vegetables.
Storage: Store in a cool dry place, away from heat, light, and humidity.
Anise Star is from an Evergreen Tree that is native to China. These trees can bear fruit for over a century. The tree bears yellow flower that ripens into a brown star shaped spice. Anise star is an important spice in Chinese and Vietnamese cooking and is an essential ingredient in the Chinese five spice powder. St is not the same as anise seed. Anise Star has more of a robust flavor than the anise seed. Anise Star is rusty brown, star shaped ranging from 1" to 1-1/2" wide. Whole anise star can be kept for a long time in an airtight container in a dark place.
Anise Star Tip: For extra flavor add a star inside the cavity of a whole chicken before roasting.
Poached Peaches with Ginger & Anise
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Drop peaches into post and remove after 10-15 seconds for easy peeling. Combine water, sugar, ginger, and anise in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, peel peaches and add to pan. Poach for 12 minutes; let fruit cool in mixture. Chill and transfer peaches and liquid to serving dish.
Remove zest from oranges and lemon with vegetable peeler. Squeeze juice from both fruits. Bring wine, zest, juices, sugar, peppercorns, star anise, and nutmeg to a simmer, stirring until sugar is dissolved; simmer 2 minutes. Pour mulled wine through a strainer.
Combine all ingredients on large, non-reactive saucepan. Bring to boil over medium heat. Reduce to low and simmer 10 minutes. Strain into bowl; return brine to same pan and set aside.
24 white or purple pearl onions
Steam onions till tender; cool and peel. Steam carrots; cool. Steam cauliflower; cool. Steam squash; cool. Steam cucumber; cool. Begin with bell pepper and layer half of each vegetable, including tomatoes, into jar pressing layers firmly. Put in half of star anise, bay leaves, dill sprigs, garlic slices and chilies. Repeat in second jar. Bring to boil. Ladle into jars to fill completely. Close jars tightly. Let stand at room temperature until completely cool. Chill 2 days.
Elegant Pear Salad
Chop shallot and crush star anise. In a blender, blend shallot, oil, and juice. Place in bowl, stir in anise and salt and pepper to taste. Chill. Strain dressing and discard solids. Halve and core pears. Cut into 1/4 inch slices, lengthwise. Arrange on a lined baking sheet. Roast 10 minutes; cool. Separate endive leaves and cut crosswise. On a plate, arrange pears, endive, and cheese. Drizzle dressing on top. Garnish with parsley.
Honey Glazed Ribs
Cut spareribs in half and place in baking dish; rub with sesame oil. Combine green onions, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, vinegar, anise and cinnamon. Pour over ribs and marinate in refrigerato4 24-36 hours. Remove racks from oven; place baking dish half filled with water on the oven floor; heat to 500 degrees. Remove ribs from marinade; pat dry with paper towel. Strain marinade; measure out 2 tablespoons and combine with honey. Brush ribs on all sides with glaze. Place in roasting pan on rack. Roast about 25 minutes, basting once.