Pickling Spice Recipe

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Pickling Spice Recipe: Try Homemade Instead!

Try this pickling spice recipe in your pickles instead of buying a pre-made pickling spice. Simply substitute this homemade version.

What is pickling spice made of? You're about to find out!

The spices will be tied in a cheesecloth bag and cooked to release the flavors, then removed before canning.

Pickling Spice Recipe

Gather Your Supplies & Ingredients


6 Tablespoons Mustard Seed

3 Tablespoons Whole Allspice

6 tsp coriander seed

6 whole cloves

3 tsp ground ginger

3 tsp red pepper flakes

3 bay leaves

3 cinnamon sticks


Crush the cinnamon sticks into pieces and crumble the bay leaves. 

Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container.

Makes approximately 1 cup.

Use in your pickle recipes as directed.

These ingredients can be adjusted according to taste. If you wanted to make a spicy pickle, you could add some more red pepper flakes. Or if you don't want any spice, you could leave them out.

Pickling Spice

That is the beauty of a homemade recipe like pickling spices. You control the flavors. Experiment and see what you come up with.

I must add that I priced seasonings from a supermarket, and I don't really know that this would be any less expensive that just buying the spices already mixed.

BUT if you have access to spices in bulk, I'll bet you could make your own more economically.

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What are pickling spices used for? What is their purpose?

Pickling spice is used to add a mix of complex flavors to pickle brine. Pickles would be boring without some added flavor, aside from the vinegar!

Does pickling spice go bad? How long will it keep?

Pickling spice should keep for year(s). Just make sure to keep it in a tightly sealed container, away from heat, moisture, and sunlight (like other spices and dried herbs). Age will reduce flavor and aroma. It won't necessarily spoil, but it also won't provide as much flavor as it gets older. 

What's the difference between pickling spice and pickling salt?

Pickling salt is a salt that doesn't have any additives that might make the water cloudy or otherwise impact the final pickled product's safety or quality.

Pickling spice is a blend of spices/herbs used to flavor the pickle brine.

Page last updated: 2/28/2020.

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