Homemade pickling spice

    10 min

    Mix up this blend of spices and seasonings so it's ready to use when you start pickling and preserving your vegetables.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 2 tablespoons whole mustard seeds
    • 1 tablespoon whole allspice berries
    • 2 teaspoons whole coriander seeds
    • 1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes, or more to taste
    • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 2 bay leaves, crumbled
    • 2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
    • 6 whole cloves

    Prep:10min  ›  Ready in:10min 

    1. Place mustard seeds, allspice berries, whole coriander seeds and chilli flakes into a small glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake to combine. Add ground ginger to seeds and shake again. Sprinkle crumbled bay leaves over spice mixture and place cinnamon stick halves into the jar. Seal and shake to combine. Mixture can be stored in the tightly sealed jar for up to 1 month without loss of flavour.

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    I'm giving this 5 stars based on two criteria; first the spices are (largely) the same ingredients found in commercial pickling spice and secondly, I boiled some on the stove and the smell was wonderful (like a good pickling spice should be.) Not sure of the economics of making it, that would depend where you buy spices. I had ran out of the bottled variety and made this in a pinch.  -  06 Aug 2013  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Had an abundance of cucumbers in the garden and decided to make some pickles. I didn't have any pickling spice made up and this recipe was just the ticket!! Thanks for posting. Great recipe!  -  20 Jul 2014  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I used this pickling spice to make Pop's pickles (recipe also on AllRecipes.com). The farmer's market was out of pickling spice, so I pulled up the first recipe I could find on Google and bought all the ingredients. Two weeks later the first jar of pickles was opened, and my friends declared them "Christmas pickles" because they taste like Christmas. This was a bit too cinnamon-y for both myself and the BF, so next time I'll try and leave out the sticks. Overall, though, this is a pretty decent recipe.  -  02 Sep 2014  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)