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How to Make Mixed Spice
The term mixed spice is often used to refer to a traditional British spice mix that’s used in baking and sweet dishes, such as puddings and biscuits. Mixed spice, which is sometimes called pudding spice, is easy to make, helps you guarantee freshness, and makes baking more convenient. However, there are other spice mixes that may also be called mixed spice, and you can make many of these at home as well.
1 tablespoon (6 g) ground allspice or whole berries
1 tablespoon (8 g) ground cinnamon or sticks
1 tablespoon (7 g) whole or ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons (4 g) ground mace
1 teaspoon (2 g) whole or ground cloves
1 teaspoon (2 g) ground coriander or whole seeds
1 teaspoon (2 g) ground ginger
Grinding the Spices
Grate them with a microplane grater.This manual device is a thin grater that’s designed to grate a single whole spice at a time. While effective for grinding, a microplane grater is better for very small quantities of spices, such as when you want to grate fresh cinnamon on a hot drink.
- To use a microplane grater, hold the grater by the handle in one hand. Carefully run your whole spice back and forth on the grater edges. Be very careful not to grate your fingers.
- Because a microplane grater requires you to get your fingers so close to the grating edge, it works best with large whole spices like nutmeg and cinnamon sticks.
Pound them with a pestle and mortar.A pestle and mortar is another manual way to grind spices. Because the bowl allows you to grind more spices at once, a pestle and mortar is great for about a quarter-cup of spices at a time.
- To grind with a pestle and mortar, place the spices into the mortar (the bowl). Use the pestle to grind the spices into the bottom of the mortar. You can also spin the pestle around in the mortar until you achieve the desired grind.
- This method doesn’t require you to put your fingers close to a grater, so you can grind much smaller spices like pepper, cumin, and caraway.
- A pestle and mortar can also be used for spreads like pesto and curry pastes.
Use a spice grinder.A spice grinder is a small electronic device that has a large cup with a blade inside. When you put in the spices and push down on the lid, the blade spins and grinds the spices. These are simple to use and very effective, especially for larger quantities of spices.
- To use a spice grinder, simply place your spices into the basin or cup. Put on the lid and push down for about 30 seconds. Remove the lid and check for large pieces of spice. Grind for another 30 seconds if necessary.
- To clean this device, empty out all the ground spices and add in several grains of rice. Grind the rice to remove any large spice pieces and sweep up leftover spice dust. Dump out the rice and wipe the inside clean with a paper towel.
Try a coffee grinder.A basic coffee grinder is essentially the same thing as a spice grinder. The reason the two are differentiated is because spices and coffee both have very powerful and unique flavors. Using a coffee grinder will make your spices taste like coffee and your coffee taste like spices, and vice versa.
- If you must use a coffee grinder to grind spices, grind up ¼ cup (49 g) of rice first to remove excess coffee from the grinder. Dump out the coffee dust and wipe the grinder with a paper towel.
- Add and grind your spices. Pour them out and run more rice through the grinder before wiping it out with a clean paper towel to make it suitable for coffee again.
Making Mixed Pudding Spice
Gather your ingredients and supplies.Making mixed spice is quite simple, and you'll only need a couple tools.Along with your spices, you'll also need something to grind whole spices, a small bowl, a spoon, an air-tight jar for storing the mixed spice, and a marker to label the jar.
- You can start with either whole or ground spices to make mixed spice. Pre-ground spices are more convenient, but grinding your own whole spices will result in a fresher spice mix.
- To grind your own spices, you can use a spice grinder, pestle and mortar, or coffee grinder.
Grind, measure, and blend the spices.For spices that are already ground, simply measure out the correct quantity and transfer it to your jar. For whole spices, grind each spice individually, then transfer it to a small bowl. Measure the ground spice to ensure you have the right quantity, and add it to the jar. When all the spices have been added, stir the mix with a spoon.
- For a tablespoon of ground allspice, you'll need 1 tablespoon (14.8 ml) of berries.
- For a tablespoon of cinnamon, you'll need about 4.5 inches (11 cm) of cinnamon sticks.
- For a tablespoon of nutmeg, you'll need about 1.5 nutmegs.
- For a teaspoon of cloves, you'll need about 12 whole cloves.
- For a teaspoon of coriander, start with a little less than a teaspoon of seeds.
Store the mixed spice properly.To keep your spice mix fresh for as long as possible, store it in a cool, dark place. Light and air will degrade the spices, so keep the mix in a pantry or cupboard. Always close the lid on the jar properly when you’ve finished with the mix.
- Ground spices that are stored properly will stay fresh for about a year.
Using Mixed Spice
Add it to baked goods.In British cooking, mixed spice is traditionally used in sweet baking, dessert dishes, and a few savory baked goods. When you use mixed spice in baked goods, a recipe will generally call for about a tablespoon of the mix. Common goodies you can use mixed spice in include:
- Dessert pies, such as apple and pumpkin
- Savory pies like pork
Sprinkle it on fruit.The spices in mixed spice are ideal for pairings with sweet foods like fruit. Next time you make a fruit salad, sprinkle ½ to a full teaspoon of mixed spice on top.
- Mixed spice can also be whipped into yogurt or whipped cream toppings that are used on fruit dishes.
Add it to a smoothie.Similarly, mixed spice is also a wonderful addition to fruit smoothies and juices. Whether you're having a breakfast smoothie to get your day going or a healthy dessert after dinner, add ½ teaspoon of mixed spice to all your favorite fruit and berry smoothies.
Top your hot beverages.Mixed spice contains all the spices that are associated with winter holidays, so it makes a great topping for cool-weather drinks like coffee, hot chocolate, and warm apple cider.
Making Other Spice Mixes
Blend your own curry powder.Curry is a spice blend that originated in India. It is popular around the world, and is commonly found in meat, vegetable, and fish dishes. There are many regional varieties of curry, and you can experiment with different spices to customize a blend. To make a basic curry spice, combine:
- 5 tablespoons (30 g) ground coriander seeds
- 2 tablespoons (12 g) ground cumin seeds
- 1 tablespoon (10 g) ground turmeric
- 2 teaspoons (4 g) ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons (4 g) dry mustard
- 2 teaspoons (8 g) ground fenugreek seeds
- 1½ teaspoons (4 g) ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon (2 g) ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon (1 g) ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon (1 g) ground cardamom
- ½ teaspoon (2 g) ground chili peppers
Make Chinese five spice.This is a basic blend of five common spices that are often used in Chinese and Asian cuisine. Most grocery stores carry this blend, but you can also make and tailor your own mix. To make your own blend, grind together:
- 1 tablespoon (7 g) Sichuan peppercorns
- 6 star anise
- 1½ teaspoons (3 g) whole cloves
- 1 stick cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons (15 g) fennel seeds
Create your own herbes de Provence.This is a blend of dried herbs that originated in the Provence region of France. Herbes de Provence is often used with meat, potato, and vegetable dishes, but it’s a versatile blend that can be used in many dishes. To make this blend, combine:
- 4 teaspoons (8 g) dried thyme
- 4 teaspoons (8 g) dried marjoram
- 1½ teaspoons (3 g) summer savory
- ¼ teaspoon (0.5 g) dried rosemary
- ¼ teaspoon (0.5 g) dried mint
- ⅛ teaspoon (0.25 g) fennel seeds
- Pinch of dried sage
- Pinch of lavender flowers
Try homemade chili powder.Chili powder can be used in a wide variety of dishes, especially meat and vegetable ones. Chili powder blends vary based on region, but a basic blend consists of:
- 2 tablespoons ground chilies
- 1 tablespoon (6 g) ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon (5 g) dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon (1 g) cayenne
- 2 teaspoons (4 g) coriander
- 1 tablespoon (9 g) garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons (4 g) chipotle chili powder
QuestionHow do I make allspice?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAllspice, unlike mixed spice, comes from only one ingredient: dried allspice berries, so you can't make allspice unless you have the berries.Thanks!
QuestionCan you make mixed spice without coriander?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, you can omit the coriander. Many mixed spice recipes don't call for coriander at all, so you can leave it out of the mix if you don't like the taste or to accommodate an allergy. If you do want to replace the coriander, use cardamom in instead.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I make a ready-made seasonings similar to Maggi Magic Sarap?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThe main ingredients in Magic Sarap include salt, sugar, chicken fat, MSG, and spices. This mix is actually very similar to a chicken soup base or bouillon. Because the ingredients for Magic Sarap aren't always easy to find in grocery stores, you can instead use a chicken stock base as a ready-to-use spice mix in its place.Thanks!
QuestionCan I use Allspice instead of mixed spice?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThey're pretty different. Allspice comes from a dried berry and has more of a peppery taste than mixed spice. If all you have is allspice, you could use it, but the taste won't be quite the same.Thanks!
QuestionIs there a mixed spice without cinnamon?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerStore bought mixed spice will contain cinnamon. If you want to be really sure that your mixed spice has no cinnamon, you'll have to make it yourself.Thanks!
QuestionCan I leave out the ginger in the mixed spice?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf making it yourself, you can make any removals or substitutions you want to. If buying from the store, however, you won't find mixed spice without ginger. It is one of the strongest tastes in mixed spice, so if that's the reason you would like to omit ginger, maybe just add less. You will probably miss it if you try to make mixed spice without it.Thanks!
To make mixed spice, decide whether you'd like to grind your own spices or simply mix together spices that are already ground. If you want to grind your own, try using a microplane grater, spice grinder, or a mortar and pestle. Then, simply grind or mix together allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, cloves, coriander, and ginger to make your mixed spice. Keep your mixed spice in an airtight container for up to a year and use it in puddings, pies, and other desserts.
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