This is the French quatre épices, used in innumerable French recipes. It has a flavor all of its own, and is excellent for adding to all sorts of dishes. Rubbing it into chicken or pork before you cook them is a quick way of improving the flavor of these particular meats. Spiced salt will keep for six months, or possibly longer.
Pound and grind all the ingredients together thoroughly in a mortar with a pestle.
Store the mixture in a tightly sealed jar in a cool, dark, dry place.
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