Allspice berries

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Lucie C

Allspice berries

I would like to make the Christmas Chutney, which calls for 75g allspice berries. I cannot find this ingredient where I live, only ground allspice. Can I use this and if so how much would I need? Or is there a suitable alternative ingredient?

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Welshcookie

Allspice

You don't say where you live, but these berries are readily available in the UK. Several posters have queried 75g as the correct amount. Seems high. Supermarkets, healthfood stores, all the usual places stock allspice.

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Lucie C

Allspice berries

Thank you Welshcookie but I really can't find allspice berries where I live in the Middle East (Arabia). Wish we had a nice health food shop!

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Gravy Queen

Allspice berries

check out Seasoned Pioneers online to see if they deliver. They have Allspice berries.

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Nausea Bagwash

Allspice

Does the following info help at all:

"Allspice, also called Jamaica pepper, kurundu, myrtle pepper, pimenta, or newspice is a spice which is the dried unripe fruit ("berries") of Pimenta dioica , a tree native to the Greater Antilles, southern Mexico and Central America, now cultivated in many warm parts of the world. The name "allspice" was coined as early as 1621 by the English, who thought it combined the flavour of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves."

Perhaps you could improvise with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

In France and parts of the Middle East which had a French influence you can buy "quatre epices"
which is a slightly different mix but would do for chutneys despite a slightly different flavour

I'm pretty sure that 75 gr is too much. It's about 3 ounces - ooo-er! I'd reduce it to 1 oz - or less if the quantity of other ingredients is small.

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Lucie C

Allspice berries

Thank you, that is helpful. Got cloves, star anise etc. I have found the allspice powder, how many teaspoons do you think ? Even a third of the weight (25g) sounds like a lot! Got to give it out as Xmas prezzies tomorrow so hope it goes OK first time!

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Yummy

Alternative Spice


"In France and parts of the Middle East which had a French influence you can buy "quatre epices" which is a slightly different mix but would do for chutneys despite a slightly different flavour "

I used the shop bought Quatre &"
201;pices (Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg and Clove) in my mincemeat this year and added a little more cinnamon, and nutmeg as I thought the Clove element in the bought spice was too much.

Mince Pies are now made and tested and have turned out really well.

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Nausea Bagwash

spice

Lucie, my recipe for fruit chutney yielding 8lbs of finished product gives 3 heaped teaspoons ground spices.

Don't know how this would suit your recipe but it's a bit of a guide.

A level measuring teaspoon is approx 5 ml

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Lucie C

Chutney

Thanks everyone for the great advice. I ended up just putting a cinnamon stick, a star anise and some cloves in some muslin (which got so sticky it's a wonder if any flavour got out at all! I will be trying it out on my friends on Xmas day so just hope it is good enough to eat!

 
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