Step 3: Allspice.
Allspice is available whole (looks a bit like a large peppercorn) or ground. Most times you will find it ground.
Similar to nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon in flavor (though I think it's even more peppery than the strongest clove!), it can be used in both savory and sweet ways.
I think allspice goes great with beef, it's a good addition to curry powder mixes, and works really well when added to anything containing apples. (Apple muffins, for example!)
It can be very strong, so it's best to experiment with a smaller amount at first to suit your tastes. :)