juniper berrys

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by ldrus, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. ldrus

    ldrus Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    not sure if this is the place to post  or not but since i see it called for in sausage recipes ill ask.

    what does juniper berry taste like? what does it bring to the dish its added to? i am palnning on doing some bacon soon and wonder if this would be a good additive for flavor
     
  2. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It's the main flavoring in Gin. Sort of a citrus like flavor that kinda hits the taste buds in the back of your tongue. It's rather a unique flavor.
     
  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    It is a main component in making pastrami too! They can be bitter. Right now in my neck of the woods it is harvest time. I will be going out this weekend and gathering what I want for the year.

    One thing to mention is that they are a diuretic so eating in mass quantities is not a good idea.
     
  4. He's got the main description!

    The mature, dark berries are usually but not exclusively used in cuisine, while gin  is flavored with fully grown but immature green berries.

    They are used in lots of wild game recipes to downplay any gaminess the meat may have.

    The outer scales of the berries are relatively flavorless, so the berries are almost always at least lightly crushed before being used as a spice. They are used both fresh and dried, but their flavor and odor are at their strongest immediately after harvest and decline during drying and storage.
     
  5. ldrus

    ldrus Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    thanks guys
     
  6. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit

    Excellent description! I feel like I either just ate a berry.. or did a shot of gin. :biggrin:
    > i always just say... "taste like a Christmas tree..." lol
     
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2013

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