Cracked Fennel

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by bones1948, Sep 6, 2013.

  1. I have an Italian Sausage recipe that calls for cracked fennel.  I am going to Penzy's today to buy fresh spices for the recipe.  I do not and have not been able to find cracked fennel.  Can I buy regular fennel and grind it in my coffee grinder to make cracked fennel?  Could I also do the same to make cracked peppercorn.

  2. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Buy plain fennel seed & bash it in mortar & pestle. You just want to bruise it so the oil comes out. A quick blast in spice grinder will work but don't turn it into powder. Black pepper same deal.Little rock salt will add to the abrasive effect of the process of cracking it.
  3. boykjo

    boykjo SAUSAGE MAKER Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

  4. The mortal and pestle works great - in lieu of having one, I just lightly mash it with the back of a spoon in my little cast iron skillet prior to toasting it to release the oils. 

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