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Homemade Pickling Spice

Homemade Pickling Spice

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An old-time combination from scratch mixture.

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  • Calories:
  • 29 kcal
  • 1%
  • Fat:
  • 1.4 g
  • 2%
  • Carbs:
  • 4g
  • 1%
  • Protein:
  • 1.2 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 4 mg
  • < 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. Place mustard seeds, allspice berries, whole coriander seeds, and red pepper flakes into a small glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake to combine. Add ground ginger to seeds and shake again. Sprinkle crumbled bay leaves over spice mixture and place cinnamon stick halves into the jar. Seal and shake to combine. Mixture can be stored in the tightly sealed jar for up to 1 month without loss of flavor.
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I'm giving this 5 stars based on two criteria; first the spices are (largely) the same ingredients found in commercial pickling spice and secondly, I boiled some on the stove and the smell was wonderful (like a good pickling spice should be.) Not sure of the economics of making it, that would depend where you buy spices. I had ran out of the bottled variety and made this in a pinch.


Had an abundance of cucumbers in the garden and decided to make some pickles. I didn't have any pickling spice made up and this recipe was just the ticket!! Thanks for posting. Great recipe!


I used this pickling spice to make Pop's pickles (recipe also on The farmer's market was out of pickling spice, so I pulled up the first recipe I could find on Google and bought all the ingredients. Two weeks later the first jar of pickles was opened, and my friends declared them "Christmas pickles" because they taste like Christmas. This was a bit too cinnamon-y for both myself and the BF, so next time I'll try and leave out the sticks. Overall, though, this is a pretty decent recipe.