Where can I buy pimento wood?
Its berries, its bark, its leaves and even its wood are premium products! Yes, that Jamaican pimento! Today's question is... yes, where can pimento wood be bought?
Where can I buy pimento wood for cooking jerk in Texas? If not, how can I get that authentic taste without it?ANSWER: by Wellesley
Thanks for asking!
You are in luck!
There are a couple, but literally only two places I found (online) that might work for you.
- The first one is big and reputable Amazon.com.
Click this link to compare their prices.
- The other is a website called PimentoWood.com.
They seem to have everything pimento - including the chips, charcoal, flakes, leaves and sauces.
I'd suggest you look at both of them and compare.
How Can You Get The Authentic Jerk Taste - Without Pimento
That's dicey my friend. I don't think you'll ever be able to replicate the authentic taste without the real stuff my friend, but you may come close.
I've been doing some research though and found some quite crafty recommendations.
Here they are...
- Soak just under a 1/4 cup of whole allspice berries in water for about half an hour, then sprinkle them over the coals of the grill then cover to allow the smoke to soak the meat, fish or seafood.
- Put the dried berries / seeds in the blender and crush them for a few seconds, soak as above, then sprinkle over and then cook over those charcoals, ensure it is natural wood though.
- Use dry Jamaican jerk spice and cook very slow oven or grill.
I think I like the latter more though :-) Good luck!
And what if you have NO allspice/pimento berries/ powder?
According to MyRecipe.com, as a substitute for a teaspoon of allspice, you can use 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves, and a pinch of ground nutmeg.
In fact, pimento is termed 'allspice' because its flavour appears to be a blend of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg!
Be sure to read more on Jamaicam allspice here
You may also be interested in getting this Jerk Sauce Recipe
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