Pickling Spice

Barbara Oseland


I got into a pickling kick and wanted a really good recipe for cold pickling like Claussen. The spice you find in the stores is good, but if you have these ingredients, why not make it yourself. This can be used for more than just making pickles. If you like it, great! Take the old spice jar and reuse it by washing it completely, letting it dry overnight so NO WATER is left, fill it up and relabel it. If you don't like it, you did not spend a lot of money on something you may never use again.


★★★★★ 2 votes

4 or so batches of pickles using 1Tbsp or about 4 qt jars, depending on recipe.
5 Min


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  • 2 Tbsp
    mustard seed
  • 1 Tbsp
    whole allspice
  • 2 tsp
    coriander seeds
  • 2
    whole cloves (cloves, not a clove of garlic)
  • 1 tsp
    ground ginger
  • 1 tsp
    dried red pepper flakes
  • 1
    bay leaf, crumbled
  • 1
    cinnamon stick (2 inches or so)

How to Make Pickling Spice


  1. Combine all ingredients and store in air tight small container. (Use up empty spice jars by washing, let dry completely and relabel them).

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