These aromatic seeds can be found in cultural staples all over the globe, from German Sauerkraut to British Seed Cake. The distinctive anise-like flavor of caraway seeds is crucial for rye and pastrami sandwiches, just ask any deli regular. But while this spice is typically referred to as a seed, caraway seeds are actually the dried fruit of the caraway plant, a member of the Apiaceae family along with carrots and fennel. Look for caraway seeds in a gourmet food shop or any well stocked grocery store.
Flavor and Texture of Caraway
Caraway seeds lend a distinctful flavor and crunch to any recipe when left whole. For a stronger punch of flavor, use ground caraway seeds and start by only adding half of what is called for in the recipe. With a flavor reminiscent of pepper, citrus, and anise, this spice can be used in savory or sweet dishes. Try toasting the seeds in a small skillet on low heat until fragrant for additional aromatics.
Storage and Usage of Caraway
Store the seeds in a glass jar or airtight container in a cool, dark spot to keep them fresh. For maximum flavor potency, stay away from pre-ground caraway and grind your own seeds before using.
Do as the Germans do and add some caraway to sauerkraut in our Reuben Style Pork Chops or Beer Braised Brats with Dilly Potatoes. Finish your meal with a flavorful crunch by sprinkling some caraway seeds on right before eating, such as on our Classic Steak and Potatoes. Be a little adventurous and add some caraway to your favorite quickbreads, like our Pumpkin Bread.
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