Ground Organic Allspice
Product of: Guatemala
Nett Weight: 20g
Known as Jamaican pepper or Pimento berries, this spice is indigenous to Central America and the West Indies. An ingredient of mixed spice, it is widely used in Central and South American cooking. Can also be used in soups, savoury dishes and cakes. May contain traces of celery seed or mustard seeds.
To keep fragrance and flavour, allspice is best stored as the corn and ground just before preparing dishes, however where this is not possible ground allspice still works very well. Allspice is best added to the cooking recipes in the final stages.
Pimento corns widely used in the Caribbean cuisine. In Jamaica, along with the scotch bonnet peppers, they are one of the two main ingredients in popular Jamaican jerk spice. Along with other complementing spices, its mixture (paste) is being used to rub, and to marinate chicken, fish, and meat.
Some Indian vegetarian and chicken curries found extensive use of this spice. In the Middle East, it employed in meat and rice dishes. The spice has also used in the preparation of soups, barbeque sauces, pickling and as a main ingredient in a variety of curry powders. It also employed to prepare liquors in many Caribbean countries. A kind of local drink known as Jamaican dram made from using allspice.
“How long do spices last?”
Depends on both the type of spice and the conditions under which they are stored. Correctly dried and stored spices, do not actually spoil. But over time, they will lose their potency, aroma and flavour.
As a general rule, whole dried spices (not been ground) will last much longer than ground and can last for 1 to 3 years. Pre-ground spices do still always work very well but if possible buy the spice whole and grind it just before you use it. It is also never a bad idea to freeze any spare, try to remove as much air as possible and make sure it is kept sealed in the freezer to avoid moisture.
Here are some tips for maximising the shelf life of your spices:
• Store in an airtight container.
• Store in a cool, dark cupboard.
• Store away from direct heat or sunlight.
• Keep lid tightly closed when not in use.