Allspice might sound a little like mixed herbs, but in fact it is actually a spice that comes from a specific plant called pimento dioica. This plant is a member of myrtle family.
The flavour of allspice is a little cinnamon-esque, a little like nutmeg, and a little like cloves. It also has a slightly more peppery edge to it.
This seasoning is therefore used in both deserts AND savory dishes – particularly from Latin American, Caribbean, and Middle Eastern Cuisines. In that regard, the name ‘allspice’ actually is quite appropriate – it is a spice that can be used for (almost) all types of cooking!
In this post, we will look at where allspice comes from, how to use it, what it tastes like, and more!
Allspice originally comes from Jamaica, Guatemala, and Honduras. However, it has become popular all around the world.
The spice was actually discovered by Christopher Columbus on a voyage to the Caribbean, though he was looking for pepper at the time.
You should keep allspice to hand if you enjoy baking and making sweet desserts. At the same time though, it’s commonly found in things like burgers, stews, and pot roast. It can even be used in tea! And the sweet aroma means it is found in potpourri.
Due to its similarity, allspice can often be substituted for cloves. In general, its versatility makes it a very useful spice to keep around. It will work whether you are boiling, roasting, baking, or even using an air fryer.
We firmly believe that the best way to familiarize yourself with an ingredient is to try using it in a recipe. In this case, let’s take a look at how allspice can go in a delicious spicy ketchup!
To make your own homemade ketchup, you will need:
Onions, celery, olive oil, allspice, cinnamon, celery salt, ground black pepper, ripe tomatoes, tabasco source, white wine vinegar, and golden caster sugar.
You’re then going to combine these ingredients together in a bowl before putting them in your choice of blender them to create a ketchup-like texture for your concoction.
Another good example is using the allspice in a hot pot. This is basically a large stew where you use a lot of liquid in order to boil the vegetables and the meats and make them flaky and tender.
Take some diced pork and fry in a pan with some onion, garlic, and oil. Meanwhile, get a cutting board and a food chopper. Here you’re going to chop additional veg including potato (cut it up nice and small), tomatoes, carrots, and anything else you want to go in.
Place all of this into a double boiler pot or any kind of large sauce pans you have lying around. Ideally of course stock pots will help as you are trying to infuse the flavour in a similar way. But if you have any fancy Swiss diamond cookware or WearEver cookware… any stainless steel cookware sets, then that will also work! Just make sure it is big enough!
Sprinkle in the herbs and season and then leave to simmer.
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