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corned beef pickling spice

Recipe by
Andy Anderson !
Wichita, KS

Well, St. Patrick’s Day is a classic day for corned beef and cabbage, but the first thing you’ll need is the corned beef, and before that you will need a good pickling spice. So, I’ll be posting my recipe for a homemade corned beef; but first you will need a pickling spice, and here it is… So, you ready… Let’s go into the kitchen.

prep time 10 Min
cook time 5 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For corned beef pickling spice

  • 2 Tbsp
    tellicherry peppercorns
  • 3 Tbsp
    mustard seeds
  • 2 Tbsp
    coriander seeds
  • 2 Tbsp
    pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbsp
    ground allspice berries
  • 1 Tbsp
    ground mace
  • 2 md
    cinnamon sticks cover with a towel, and use a hammer to break into small pieces
  • 4 md
    bay leaves, crushed with your hand
  • 2 Tbsp
    whole cloves, give them a smack or two with a flat end of a kitchen knife to break them up a bit
  • 1 Tbsp
    ground ginger

How To Make corned beef pickling spice

  • 1
    Crush the peppercorns, mustard, and coriander seeds.
  • 2
    Chef’s Tip: My favorite way to crush spices, is to put them on my cutting board, and grind them using the bottom of a heavy pot or pan.
  • 3
    Place the ground seeds into a pan, and heat over medium heat until fragrant, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • 4
    Chef’s Note: Be careful not to let them burn.
  • 5
    Allow them to cool.
  • 6
    Add all the other spices, and then place in a sealed container, until ready to use.
  • 7
    Store in a cool dry environment.
  • 8
    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.