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Old 09-06-2009, 03:39 PM   #1
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ISO Substitute for Fennel Bulb and Seeds

I have a new recipe that I want to try, although it calls for fennel bulb and seeds. Since I do not have these I went to the nearest grocery store, but they didn't have any either. I wonder if I could just use celery instead, or does anyone else have a better idea? Oh, the main ingredient is pork.

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Old 09-06-2009, 03:42 PM   #2
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I have a new recipe that I want to try, although it calls for fennel bulb and seeds. Since I do not have these I went to the nearest grocery store, but they didn't have any either. I wonder if I could just use celery instead, or does anyone else have a better idea? Oh, the main ingredient is pork.

Celery will fill the space intended for the fennel. Fennel and the seeds have a licorice taste you won't get from celery.
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Old 09-06-2009, 04:04 PM   #3
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See if you can find some anise at the store. It also has a liquorish flavor.

btw the fennel bulb would have been in fresh produce and the seeds in the spice aisle. Didn't know if you knew that or not.
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Old 09-06-2009, 05:52 PM   #4
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See if you can find some anise at the store. It also has a liquorish flavor.

btw the fennel bulb would have been in fresh produce and the seeds in the spice aisle. Didn't know if you knew that or not.
yes I did know where to find the ingredients, but I went to my local Wal-Mart, which is a grocery store too, they did have the dried herb but not the vegetable bulb. Although they are a super center with groceries, there are many things that they do not carry.
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Old 09-06-2009, 05:54 PM   #5
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Celery will fill the space intended for the fennel. Fennel and the seeds have a licorice taste you won't get from celery.
I am not really sure as to why I chose this recipe because I really do not know that I would like the licorice flavor, I guess that I was just trying to broaden my horizons. Actually the rest of the recipe sounds great, and I think that the celery would work well with the other ingredients.
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I am not really sure as to why I chose this recipe because I really do not know that I would like the licorice flavor, I guess that I was just trying to broaden my horizons. Actually the rest of the recipe sounds great, and I think that the celery would work well with the other ingredients.

Go ahead and make the dish. It will be tasty but different from the original. If you like it, think about making it with the fennel next time. The licorice flavor is not overpowering.
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Go ahead and make the dish. It will be tasty but different from the original. If you like it, think about making it with the fennel next time. The licorice flavor is not overpowering.
Yes, I will make it with celery this time and then make sure that I have the fennel next time. I do have friends that make homemade sausage with fennel seed and I love it. I have not been on this website for a long time, and now I don't know why, I love it here. I had a question for a dinner that I was cooking today and I got an imediate response. Thank you so much, and I plan on hanging around here much more. Kim
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I know that this is probably not what you want to hear, but if I were you, I'd shelve this recipe until you have the proper ingredients.

Normally, subbing ingredients isn't much of a problem, but if a recipe calls for BOTH fennel seed AND fennel bulb, you can bet the rent that the scent/taste of fennel is important to the success of the finished product. Sort of like making duck with cherry or orange sauce without the cherries or the oranges.

You "might" get away with just the fennel seed combined with celery to provide the texture - if not the flavor - of fennel bulb, but to have neither & just use celery wouldn't cut it in my book.
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As one who doesn't appreciate the taste of anise, licorice, fennel or seed, I think it would be delicious made with celery. I'm even careful of Italian sausage because so many include so much fennel, a taste I really don't like.
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I have a new recipe that I want to try, although it calls for fennel bulb and seeds. Since I do not have these I went to the nearest grocery store, but they didn't have any either. I wonder if I could just use celery instead, or does anyone else have a better idea? Oh, the main ingredient is pork.
if there is an italian community anywhere near you go to the market. we use a lot of Finocchio (fenell) bulbs, stalks and seeds.
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