Pickling Spice Recipe

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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 are usually tied in a cheesecloth bag and cooked to release the flavors, then removed before canning.

A jar of mixed pickling spice with a measuring spoon in it.

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Pickling Spice Recipe

Pickling Spice Ingredients:

6 Tbsp. mustard seed

3 Tbsp. whole allspice

6 tsp. coriander seed

6 whole cloves

3 tsp. ground ginger

3 tsp. red pepper flakes

3 bay leaves

3 cinnamon sticks

How to Make Homemade Pickling Spice

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.

A small canning jar filled with mixed pickled spices.

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.

Looking closely at a measuring spoon filled with mixed pickling spices.

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Pickling Spice

Try this pickling spice recipe in your pickles instead of buying a pre-made pickling spice. To use, the spices are usually tied in a cheesecloth bag and cooked to release the flavors, then removed before canning.
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A jar of mixed pickling spice with a measuring spoon in it.
Prep Time:10 minutes
Total Time:10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 Tablespoons Mustard Seed
  • 3 Tablespoons Whole Allspice
  • 6 teaspoons Coriander Seed
  • 6 Whole Cloves
  • 3 teaspoons Ground Ginger
  • 3 teaspoons Red Pepper Flakes
  • 3 Dried Bay Leaves
  • 3 sticks Cinnamon Sticks  

Instructions

  • Crush cinnamon sticks roughly. 
  • Crumble bay leaves. 
  • Combine all ingredients. 
  • Store in an airtight container. 

Notes

Last Updated: 4/9/2021
Servings: 1 cup

Pickling Spice Tips & FAQs

What is Pickling Spice Used For? What is the 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.

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Page last updated: 4/22/2021

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Pearlene
Pearlene
10 months ago

Always enjoy reading your column!!! Thanks for the pickling spice recipe!!!

Pearlene
Pearlene
10 months ago

Always reading your column. Thanks for the Pickling Spice recipe.