Homemade Pickling Spice


Make a from-scratch homemade pickling spice using this old-time combination of herbs and spices. Try using this pickling spice along with a brine for overnight quick pickling of tough meats. The next morning, rinse the meat, pat dry, then slow-roast in a water bath at low heat for several hours. Store your finished spice mix will store in an airtight container out of direct sunlight or heat levels above room temperature for up to one month; after that, the individual flavor characteristics of the spices will begin to disappear.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
about 1/4 cup
pickling spice mixture in measuring cup


  • 2 tablespoons whole mustard seeds

  • 1 tablespoon whole allspice berries

  • 2 teaspoons whole coriander seeds

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more to taste

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 2 bay leaves, crumbled

  • 2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half

  • 6 whole cloves


  1. Place mustard seeds, allspice berries, coriander seeds, and pepper flakes into a small glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake to combine. Add ginger to the jar, seal, and shake again.

  2. Add crumbled bay leaves, cinnamon stick halves, and cloves to the jar. Seal and shake once more to combine.

  3. Store in a tightly sealed jar for up to 1 month.

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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

29 Calories
1g Fat
4g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 29
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 60mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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