Pork Brine abd Star Anise

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  1. rbcc

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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
     
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  2. ordo

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

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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.
     
  4. deepsouthnyc

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    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. 
     
  5. rbcc

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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
     
  6. french fries

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    Until you can smell them in your kitchen. 
     
  7. deepsouthnyc

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    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., 
     
  8. rbcc

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

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

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    Ok thank you much for ur help! John
     
  11. cheflayne

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    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.
     
  12. rbcc

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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
     
  13. cheflayne

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    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.
     
  14. rbcc

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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