Kitchen Adventures – Make Your Own Pickling Spice

There are times when store-bought just won’t cut it… and I believe that spice blends are best when you make them yourself!

In preparation for a very fun project (hint – I’ve been talking about it on Twitter!), I made a batch of pickling spice today using Michael Ruhelman’s recipe as a template. My version is below:

                               Pickling Spice

          • 1 Tbsp Peppercorns
          • 1 Tbsp Mustard Seeds
          • 1 Tbsp Coriander Seeds
          • 1 Small Cinnamon Stick
          • 3 Bay Leaves
          • 1 Tbsp Hot Red Pepper Flakes
          • 1 Tbsp Allspice Berries
          • 1 Tbsp Whole Cloves
          • 1/2 Tbsp Ground Mace
          • 1/2 Tbsp Ground Ginger
          • 1/2 Tsp Oriental Mustard
          • 1/2 Tsp Ground Cardamom
    • NOTE – This recipe is infinitely scale-able – Today, I multiplied by 8 to make 3 cups of the mixture.
  1. Add whole Peppercorns, Mustard Seeds and Coriander Seeds to a dry, thick bottomed, pan.
  2. Heat over medium, stirring often until seeds are fragrant. (Seeds may pop, so keep lid or splatter screen handy)
  3. Quickly (before the mixture burns!) remove pan from heat and carefully pour contents onto rimmed baking sheet to cool.
  4. Break up Cinnamon Sticks into smaller pieces using a mortar and pestle – Add to glass storage container with tight fitting lid (large enough to hold all the ingredients)
  5. Crumble Bay leaves and add to storage container with the Cinnamon.
  6. Add remaining ingredients  to storage container.
  7. In small batches, gently crack cooled peppercorn/seed mixture using the mortar and pestle – add to storage container.
  8. Seal container tightly and shake well to combine.
  9. Store in a cool, dry place until use.
Pickling spice can be used in many applications including brining, canning, of course – pickling. It is a great mix to have on hand at this time of year – Stay tuned for one of my favorite applications to be featured in the next week.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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One Response to Kitchen Adventures – Make Your Own Pickling Spice

  1. Margaret Pollock says:

    I could go crazy for this! Think I’d like to use it to pickle pearl onions or cauliflower florets.

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