We have all noticed packaged cinnamon sticks on store shelves, but many people do not know how to use them. They end up buying the ground variety instead. Curls are much more versatile since they can be grated if desired or used in stick form. They are ideal for adding fragrance to the home, crafting, cooking and much, much more. Try these creative and delicious ways to use cinnamon sticks, and stop buying it ground. You will love the versatility and full-bodied flavor of fresh fragrant curls.
Use Cinnamon Sticks to Stir Hot Beverages
One of the most common ways to use fresh cinnamon sticks is also the tastiest. Use them to stir hot beverages such as hot chocolate or tea. The longer you stir it, the stronger it will become. Instead of throwing the sticks away when finished, thoroughly rinse them off, allow them to fully dry on paper towels and save them for future use. They do not have to go to waste.
Enhance the Bows of Wrapped Gifts
Wrapped gifts can look very impressive, and they can also smell great too. Use fresh cinnamon sticks to enhance the bows of your wrapped gifts. Crisscross and tie two or more together with a piece of narrow ribbon, raffia or jute twine. Attach the fragrant package next to or just beneath a beautiful bow. It will look and smell fantastic.
Toss a Few into the Fireplace When Burning Logs
Next time you start a fire in your fireplace, make it a fragrant occasion. Toss a few cinnamon sticks into the fireplace on top of the burning logs. It will fill the room with a delightful scent that will linger. The sticks can also be used as fire starters when tucked in between the logs.
Add a Stick or Two When Preparing Roasts
Would you like to add more flavor to your pork roasts? Instead of using the usual spices and BBQ sauce, infuse the meat with fresh cinnamon sticks during the roasting process. Simply push them into the meat after browning all sides to seal in the juices. Roast the meat as usual, and remove the remainder of the sticks before serving. It will have a unique piquant flavor that cannot be attained with sauce alone. The cinnamon will permeate the meat.
Brew Your Coffee of Tea with Cinnamon Sticks
If you do not have time to sit and stir your coffee or tea with cinnamon sticks to achieve the ideal flavor, brew it instead. Add a couple of sticks to the pot while brewing your coffee or tea. It will add amazing flavor to an otherwise ordinary hot drink.
Source: Food and Beverage Preparation Experience and Experimentation, and Advanced Crafting Experience