Making your own spice mixtures at home is actually a new level of happiness that you won’t typically get when you buy them from the store. Hence, SpiceRally thought of sharing how to make pickling spice at home with the ingredients you already have in hand.

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How To Make Pickling Spice At Home? – (Step By Step Guide)

The best thing about this homemade pickling spice recipe is its versatility. In fact, you can increase/ decrease/omit the ingredients upon your preference. And also, you have the freedom to modify the recipe using additional spices, which you usually can’t do with the store-bought ones.

What Spices Are In Pickling Spice - SpiceRally

This recipe can be used in pickles, soups, stews, braised meat, or any delicious dish that calls for pickling spice.

Preparation time- 10 minutes | Cooking time- 00 minutes | Additional time- 05 minutes
Yields- 1/3 cup

Step 01 –

Arrange the necessary ingredients and utensils.

Spices needed:

  • One tablespoon of whole allspice berries
  • Two tablespoons of mustard seeds (you can use yellow or brown mustard seeds)
  • One teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
  • One 2-inches cinnamon stick (broken into small pieces)
  • Two teaspoons of coriander seeds
  • One teaspoon of ground ginger
  • Two whole clove pods
  • One bay leaf (crumbled)

Required equipment:

  • A mixing bowl
  • A spoon/ wooden spatula
  • An air-tight container (preferably glass)

Step 02

Add all the ingredients to the mixing bowl except ground ginger.

Step 03

Using a dry, wooden spatula or a regular spoon, mix all the spices until well combined.

Step 04

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Finally, add the teaspoon of ground ginger, allowing it to disperse through the other ingredients.

Step 05

Give all the ingredients another good mix. And you’re done!

Step 06

Use immediately or store in an air-tight glass jar/container.

Tasty Notes –
* You can store this homemade pickling spice mix in your spice cabinet, and it will stay well for up to one year. But make sure to shake the container thoroughly before each time you use it.
* Feel free to add more spices upon your preference. 
* You can include additional ingredients like dill seeds, cardamoms, star anise, mace, juniper berries, black peppercorns, etc.

Can You Use Ground Spices For Pickling?

Generally, the pickling spice mix contains “whole” spices, which is the most significant feature of this blend. In fact, if you use “ground” spices in this mixture, it is considered that the pickles will become cloudy.

Therefore, only whole spices are typically used in pickling spice preparation, but not in their ground form.

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