Pickling spice adds flavor

April 7th, 2015 by | 0

Pickling spice is available in the market or over the internet but compounding fresh pickling salt is easy. The flavor boost is worth the effort; homemade pickling spice will last 6 months in glass jar stored at room temperature away from sunlight. This recipe is from one of my choice sources:  Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing (Revised and Updated).

Collect fresh ingredients:

  • 2 T/20 g black pepper corns
  • 2 T/20 g mustard seeds
  • 2 T/ 20 g coriander seeds
  • 2 T/ 20 g hot pepper flakes
  • 2 T/14 g allspice berries
  • 1 T/ 8 g ground mace
  • 2 crushed cinnamon sticks
  • 24 crumbled bay leaves
  • 2 T/ 6 g whole cloves
  • 1 T/8 g ground ginger

Roast the pepper corns, mustard seeds and coriander seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat until aromatic. DO NOT BURN the seeds. Allow the seeds to return to room temperature and combine with the pepper flakes, mace, cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, cloves and ginger.


I've been an investigative reporter for more than 40 years and taught journalism at the college level for another 10. I've owned and trained retrievers, pointers and spaniels for about the same amount of time. My love of the outdoors and interest in cooking, eating and libations has been life-long, starting on my family's farm in Indiana and the hearty home-cooked meals there.

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