Infuse holiday recipes with seasonal flavors and aromas using homemade spice bags. Here are five ways to spread the joy.
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Spice Bag: A Perfect Gift
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.
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Syrup with Spice
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.
The spice bag, made with peppercorns, allspice, cloves, cinnamon, and citrus rind, adds rich flavor to this easy cider recipe. If your party falls on an unusually warm winter day, try this beverage over ice; it's equally delicious hot or cold.
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Festive Home Fragrance
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.
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Simmer 16 oz. apple cider vinegar and a Spice Bag 1 minute. Remove from heat; stand 3 hours. Discard bag. Store up to 2 weeks as a vinaigrette to toss with salads.