Spice Question???

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by tjohnson, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    So, I've followed some sausage recipes, and found the following spices in various combinations

    Ginger

    Mace

    Nutmeg

    AllSpice

    My questions.......

    Are these spices interchangeable?

    Are they similar in flavor?

    Are some stronger than others?

    Why use one over the other?

    Ginger can be overpowering for me, so I've substituted AllSpice with good results

    Todd
     
  2. Mace is similar to nutmeg, but a bit milder. It's the outer hull of nutmeg.
    Allspice has hints of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.
    Ginger is the odd man out on your list (it's a bit pungent), but they all can pretty much be substituted for each other depending on your taste.
     
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2012
  3. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    For whatever reason, any Ginger is too much ginger for me

    Cloves also are too strong for me

    I now know Mace and Nutmeg are similar and probably interchangeable

    THX!

    TJ
     
  4. In some recipes ginger is there for the 'bite', so a pinch of cayenne is a suitable substitute if that's something you like.
     
  5. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    It is pretty common to sub Allspice for Mace, Nutmeg and/or Clove. But I have to agree with the Dog, Ginger is unique although its Floral notes can be approximated with a bit of Cardamom, this is done in Baking...JJ
     
  6. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Todd

    careful with the ginger, its a natural tenderizer and can make the meat feel mushy. not saying not to use. if the recipe calls for like 1/2 tsp, make it a level 1/2 tsp.
     
  7. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    So, if a recipe calls for 1 tsp. of Mace, would it be reasonable to substitute 1/2 tsp. of Nutmeg?

    I have a big jar of Nutmeg, and no Mace.

    Todd
     
  8. couger78

    couger78 Smoking Fanatic

    Todd

    Scroll down on this page as theres' some very useful info on comparable spice amounts (equivalents)..."How many grams of spice or ingredient in one flat teaspoon" &"Spice in grams per 1 kg of meat"

    Kevin

    http://www.wedlinydomowe.com/sausage-recipes/secrets
     
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2012
  9. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    That would not be unreasonable...JJ
     
     
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2012
  10. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I bookmarked this page!

    THX
     
  11. Much will depend on the quality of the spices too, the flavor can vary wildly.

    I ran out of whole nutmeg recently, so I picked up a small package of Badia brand.
    Big mistake, very oddly flavored, nothing like good nutmeg.
     

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