Last Updated September 16th, 2019 at 07:23 pm by Lisa
Pickling Spice is made from pantry/grocery store ingredients and classically used in pickle recipes, but did you know it makes amazing corned beef brine and braised stews? Be sure to try it in my wildly popular Spicy Pickled Eggs recipe!
What Is Pickling Spice?
Classic pickling spice has black peppercorns, mustard seeds, coriander seeds, dill seed, allspice berries, bay leaves, and crushed red pepper flakes.
What Else Can I Add To This Classic Pickling Spice Mix?
You can add additional spices to add to your basic pickling spice, try some or all of these:
- a few whole cloves
- 1/2 cinnamon stick
- a couple of star anise
- some juniper berries
- ground ginger
- a couple of cardamon pods
How To Store Pickling Spice?
Store your mix in an airtight container out of direct sunlight, small mason jars work really well. Use within a few months. The fresher your spices, the stronger your pickling spice blend will be in dishes.
How Can I Use Pickling Spice?
RECIPE IDEAS: Pickling spice not only adds characteristic flavor to pickles, but it also adds complex flavor to braised stews, bean, and rice dishes.
For meat stews, you can tie the pickling spices into a piece of cheesecloth tied with a long piece of butcher string and braise in the pot or slow cooker until the meat is deliciously tender.
What Recipes Can I Use Pickling Spice In?
- make a brine solution for meat cuts
- use to make quick pickles
- add into a corn beef brine
- use in a hearty beef stew recipe
- add to bean and rice dishes
- quick brined pork chops
My Favorite Pickled Spice Recipes:
More Spices and Seasonings:
- 1 tablespoon coriander seed
- 1 tablespoon dill seed
- 1 tablespoon whole allspice berries
- 1 teaspoon red crushed pepper flakes
- 5 dry bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon peppercorns black, pink, white, or mixed is fine
- 2 teaspoons yellow mustard seeds
Optional spices to add to your basic pickling spice, add some or add them all:
- 1/2 cinnamon stick
- 2 star anise
- 8 whole cloves
- 4 juniper berries
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 cardamon pods