Homemade Mixed Pickling Spice - Preserving the Way it's Been Done For 1000's of Years!

If you're into pickling fruit and vegetables then a homemade mixed pickling spice is probably the easiest thing to make! Simply combine and crush a few whole ingredients and you're all set for preserving and adding lovely flavours to your home-grown fare. 

Note: I use whole spices for this mixed pickling recipe, but if you don't have them all just use pre-ground powders. A good rule of thumb when using powders is to reduce the amount of the whole ingredients by half. So for 2 tablespoons of coriander seeds you would use 1 tablespoon pre-ground coriander. Reduce any others likewise if you don't have them whole.

Homemade Mixed Pickling Spice Recipe

What You'll Need: (makes about 6-7 tablespoons)

6-8 dried bay leaves
2 tbsp coriander seeds (cilantro)
2 tbsp dried lime or orange peel
1 tbsp mustard seeds
1 tbsp peppercorns
1 tbsp allspice berries
2 tsp celery seeds
1 tsp ajwain seeds
2 inch cinnamon stick
1 inch piece dried ginger

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon

Directions if using immediately:

  • Crumble the bay and break up the cinnamon stick
  • Chop the ginger and the lime/orange peel 
  • Crack or lightly crush the rest of the ingredients. I use a mortar and pestle for this but a heavy object will do the trick
  • Combine everything and use according to your pickling recipe

If not using immediately you can store this in an airtight jar out of sunlight for a year or so.

Note: It's a good idea to crumble and crack the ingredients only when you're about to use them. This will preserve their flavours for longer.

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