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Recipe Box: Pickling Spice Blend

Amber Shehan December 19, 2014

Pickling Spice Blend

Pixie's Pocket teaches you how to make your own pickling spice blend for a sweet and savory mix to make your canning and fermentation recipes special. Make it how you like it, and enjoy the process.

Spice blends…from your grocery store shelves to a bulk herb market, there’s a nearly endless variation of piquant, pungent, salty, savory, or sweet blends out there to choose from. If you do a lot of pickling, you might already have a favorite spice blend on hand. But have you ever considered mixing your own spice blend, making it just the way you like it?

Until this fall, I’ve never needed a pickling spice blend. Now that I’m a huge fan of fermentation, a tasty spice blend is always in my cabinet, ready to roll!  I got brave and made my own pickling spice blend when I made my Fermented Radishes from the Nourished Kitchen book, and the rest of it went into my Apple & Daikon Radish Sauerkraut.

It is so easy to make. Just add your spices together, and grind them in a mortar and pestle or with a grinder before adding to your ferment.

Please note that my amounts listed are rough estimates, as I tend to do things by feel and forget to measure. *ahem*

Pickling Spice Blend

This recipe made a few tablespoons worth of spice blend, which was perfect for two quart batches. Scale it up as needed for your recipe!

2 Bay leaves, crumbled

1 Tbsp mustard seeds

1 tsp peppercorns

1 Tbsp allspice

2 cinnamon sticks, roughly crushed

1 tsp coriander

1/2 tsp fennel seeds

1 tsp dried ginger

1/2 tsp anise seeds

Need more inspiration?

Pickling Spices Recipes from Oodlekadoodle Primatives

Pantry Basics: Pickling Spice from The Kitchn


Amber Shehan

Hi! I'm Amber Pixie, and this is my site. Enjoy the recipes, information, posts, and please feel free to message me if you have questions!


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