Pickling Spice

Pickling Spice


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About this recipe: There was always a tradition of pickles in our house and shop bought spice never quite did it justice so we started to make our own. I'm afraid I can't share the family pickle recipe but I can share how to make the spice mix!

julmagic County Limerick, Ireland

Serves: 10 

  • 1 (5cm) piece cinnamon stick
  • 1 small dried red chili
  • 1 (2.5cm) section dried root ginger
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard seed
  • 2 tablespoons black Mustard seed
  • 2 tablespoons coriander seed
  • 2 tablespoons allspice berries
  • 2 tablespoons black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon dill seed
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seed
  • 2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 2 teaspoons celery seed
  • 2 teaspoons mace blades, crushed
  • 8 small bay leaves, crushed

Prep:5min  ›  Cook:5min  ›  Ready in:10min 

  1. Pound your cinnamon in a pestle and mortar to break it up a bit.
  2. Chop up the dried chlli and the dried ginger into small chunks (don't worry too much about it the dried ginger never chops the way I want it to so it's enough to just get it a bit smaller).
  3. Combine all your ingredients in a bowl. Stir together.
  4. Pack in an airtight container and store in a cool dry place out of sunlight. Use in any recipe calling for pickling spice.

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