An old-time combination from scratch mixture.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
total:
10 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
cup
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place mustard seeds, allspice berries, whole coriander seeds, and red pepper 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 flavor.

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Cook's Notes:

You can substitute caraway seeds for coriander seeds if desired. Drop a whole clove of garlic into each jar of cucumbers as the final spice element to this blend.

The fresher your spices the more pungent your pickling blend will be. Spices that have been ground into a fine powder have more surface area and should be used carefully or they will overpower the mix. Your finished mix will store in an airtight container out of direct sunlight or heat levels above room temperature for about a month before the individual flavor characteristics of the spices begin to disappear. Try using this pickling spice along with a brine for overnight quick pickling of tough meats. The next morning rinse and pat dry the meat before slow roasting in a water bath at low heat for several hours.

This basic recipe is easy to double or triple for larger projects; just be sure to keep the proportions intact.

The fresher your spices the more pungent your pickling blend will be. Spices that have been ground into a fine powder have more surface area and should be used carefully or they will overpower the mix.

Your finished mix will store in an airtight container out of direct sunlight or heat levels above room temperature for about a month before the individual flavor characteristics of the spices begin to disappear.

Try using this pickling spice along with a brine for overnight quick pickling of tough meats. The next morning, rinse and pat dry the meat before slow-roasting in a water bath at low heat for several hours.

Nutrition Facts

29 calories; protein 1.2g 3% DV; carbohydrates 4g 1% DV; fat 1.4g 2% DV; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 4.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2013
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. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/29/2018
Not bad but the cinnamon was overpowering. Will try again with significantly less cinnamon. Read More
20 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2013
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. Read More
(49)
Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2014
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! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/02/2014
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2015
I used this "Homemade Pickling Spice" recipe for making pickled eggs (Allrecipes Popa's Pickled Eggs bd.weld). They taste excellent! Thank you Mooseinthekitchen for sharing your recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2014
Wonderful! This is a recipe I will use again and again! Thanks for posting it. Really wonderful and absolutely no changes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2015
This ended up working perfectly for the fridge pickles I made today! Very easy to put together and a nice small amount in the end(doesn't clutter up the cupboards this way). Thanks for sharing it was a lifesaver! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2018
I found out I was out of commercially made Pickling Spice and as usual Allrecipes was a saviour! I will be making this from now on when I need it. I usually have all these spices on hand. It smells great in the beet and horseradish that is now simmering on the stove waiting to be canned.:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/15/2020
Great tasting dill pickles. I like that I don’t have to boil or can anything! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/12/2020
I don't have any experience with pickling spice, so my review may differ from someone who knows what they are talking about. I made this to season corned beef for a different recipe, and I think it worked well. It was handy to be able to make the small amount I needed compared to buying mass quantities of pre-made pickling spice at the grocery store. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
07/29/2018
Not bad but the cinnamon was overpowering. Will try again with significantly less cinnamon. Read More
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