Infuse holiday recipes with seasonal flavors and aromas using homemade spice bags. Here are five ways to spread the joy.
Wrap up a Spice Bag by placing 8 black peppercorns, 6 whole allspice, 6 whole cloves, 2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks, and 3 (3- x 1-inch) orange rind strips on a 5-inch square of cheesecloth. Gather the edges, and tie securely with kitchen string. Give it as a gift, and click to the next slide for delicious ways to use it.
Simmer 12 oz. maple syrup and a Spice Bag over low heat 5 minutes. Cover and chill 24 hours. Discard Spice Bag. Store in refrigerator up to 2 weeks. Serve warm with pancakes or waffles.
Combine 1 gal. apple cider, 2 qt. cranberry juice cocktail, and a Spice Bag in a large Dutch oven. Bring to a boil; partially cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes. Discard Spice Bag before serving. Serve hot or cold.
Bring 2 Spice Bags and 8 cups water to a boil over medium heat; reduce heat to low, and simmer 3 to 4 hours. Before parties, this will create a festive home fragrance.