A question about a recipe: Late Night Coffee Brined Chicken
I have a question about step 1 on the recipe "Late Night Coffee Brined Chicken " from gingerroot. It says:
"Combine salt, peppercorns, star anise, and cloves in a small pot. Lightly crush spices with the back of a large spoon. Squeeze orange halves over mixture, and then add halves. Pour hot coffee over mixture, stir and cover pot with lid. Allow brine to steep for ten minutes. "
Question - is there a difference between star anise and whole anise? If they can be substituted, how much whole anise should be used? Also, do we steep the brine over heat or off the heat? (sorry if that's a bad question)
Recipe question for: Late Night Coffee Brined Chicken
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For the other part of your question, it is a pot off the heat, but the brine is hot because you are pouring freshly brewed hot coffee over the salt/spices/orange juice/orange halves, and then cover the pot and let steep for ten minutes. Hope that makes sense. Enjoy!