Homemade Pickling Spice

Homemade Pickling Spice
It is perhaps the unique and flavourful mix of herbs and spices in this pickling spice that plays the most creative and distinctive role when added to the brine when pickling. This recipe is a good starting point.
Recipe type: Spice Blend
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  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken into pieces
  • 2 dried bay leaves, crushed
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 2 tablespoons mustard seeds
  • 2 tablespoons whole coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon mixed peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons whole allspice
  • 2 teaspoons dill seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  1. In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon stick, bay leaves, cloves, mustard seeds, coriander seeds, peppercorns, allspice, dill seeds, ground ginger, and red pepper flakes.
  2. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 year.
For an aromatic approach, you might include as many as 6 or 8 spices - such as whole allspice, peppercorns, dill and mustard seeds and bay leaves. Try experimenting with different flavour profiles, and be sure to note all of the combinations you try. Whatever aromatic notes you find appealing, increase; those that seem as if they are interfering, decrease.
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