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Jerk spice mix

This combination of Caribbean spices creates a sweet and fiery flavour - you can add Scotch bonnet chilli to make it super spicy

  • Takes 5 mins
  • Makes 1 small jar
  • Easy
  • Makes 1 small jar
  • Easy

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon or 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tbsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp allspice berries
  • 1½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ nutmeg

Method

  1. Toast the whole spices in a small pan until they are aromatic and have turned a shade or two darker. Don’t be tempted to skip this stage, as it really enhances the flavours.

  2. Tip into a spice grinder (or use a pestle and mortar), then add the ready-ground spices and dried herbs if required, and crush to a fine powder. Store in a sealed jar for up to six months.

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