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August 3, 2017 9:37 am  #1

French Four

While I was at the HFS recently, I picked up some stuff called French Four. It consists of white pepper, nutmeg, ginger, cloves. It is recommended to be used with beef dishes and rabbit. The white pepper is pretty strong, so it will take very little of this to do the trick. It's a good thing too, because I noticed on the top of the jar that it sells for $42.50/lb. I bought a small bag (the lady measured out of the big jar and into a bag, so I'm not sure how much I actually got but it must be around 1/2 oz or so). It will take a while to use even that much! Good tasting stuff, though quite strong, and I can see where it will be good on meats.

I see no reason why you couldn't mix up your own blend, just like I do with Chinese 5 Spice. That way you stay with the original idea but adjust it to the way your taste runs. Chinese 5 Spice consists of powdered star anise, cloves, fennel, cinnamon, and white pepper (you can also use Szechuan pepper if you can find it). I also add a little sea salt to mine when I make it myself because I only make a small amount each time.

**If you keep scrolling down the page at the above link, it keeps giving you recipes for more "spice related" stuff.  Interesting!

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