Homemade Pickling Spice

Some relish, chutney and pickle recipes call for pickling spice as an ingredient. You can buy prepared pickling spice at well-stocked supermarkets or make your own.


about 1/2 cup


1 cinnamon stick (about 4 inches), broken into pieces
5 bay leaves, crushed
2 tablespoons mustard seeds
1 tablespoon whole allspice
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon dill seeds
2 teaspoons cardamon seeds
1 to 2 teaspoons hot pepper flakes
1 teaspoon whole cloves


In a small glass or stainless steel bowl, combine cinnamon stick pieces, bay leaves, mustard seeds, allspice, coriander seeds, peppercorns, ginger, dill seeds, cardamom seeds, hot pepper flakes and cloves. Stir well.


Store in 4-ounce jars or an 8-ounce jar, or another airtight container, for up to 1 year.

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