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Homemade Pickling Spice Recipe

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This Homemade Pickling Spice Recipe couldn’t be easier! It will be so much fresher than the premade stuff you buy at the grocer!

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Homemade Pickling Spice

I go through lots of Homemade Pickling Spice! This Pickling Spice Recipe is used in this Slow Cooker Corned Venison Recipe, Homemade Corned Venison, cucumber pickles (which I have yet to post, but will soon), zucchini pickles, pickled red cabbage (which I am totally making tomorrow), and sauerkraut.

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One of the benefits of making your own spice blends is that you use up the spices you have on hand. They say that you should use your spices within 6 months of purchase. Now, I don’t always adhere to that. Case in point being, the cream of tartar and the cloves in my pantry from circa 1975, lol! 🙂 If you don’t have all of the ingredients on hand, it may be cheaper to buy a pre-mixed blend. I prefer to make my own. We have an independent Mennonite grocery store and they have bulk everything, so I buy all of my spices from them. They are so much cheaper than the spice blends at a regular grocer. Bulk departments of many grocery stores will have spices, as well. That is always a more economical option too. I only make a large batch, once per year, and keep it in an airtight mason jar, to use when I need it.

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Homemade Pickling Spice

Ingredients Used to Make Pickling Spice

You can customize this spice blend to your tastes, as well. Some traditional ingredients include;

  • Bay leaves
  • Mustard seeds (yellow or brown),
  • Peppercorns (black, white, red, or green),. Other optional ingredients include; Allspice berries
  • Cardamom seeds
  • Celery seeds
  • Dried chili peppers (whole or flakes)
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Coriander seeds
  • Whole cloves
  • Dill seeds
  • Fennel seeds
  • Dried ginger
  • Juniper berries
  • Mace blades
  • Star anise
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I only use a few of the optional ingredients, (see recipe below).

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Thanks for stopping by today! I hope this Pickling Spice Recipe is useful to you! Do you make your own spice blends? What is your favorite? Leve me a comment below!

Enjoy! And have fun cooking!

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Homemade Pickling Spice

Making your own spice blends is so easy and a great way to use up spices, so that you always have fresh in your pantry! This Homemade Pickling Spice is no exception!
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Course: Spice Mixes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 3 tbsp.
Calories: 18kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $1



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Best if used within one year. 
Making your own spice mixes is a great way to use up spices before they lose their potency and freshness.


Calories: 18kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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  1. 5 stars
    This is great! I never know that making your own spice blends is so easy and I am excited to try this. thank you for sharing.

  2. 5 stars
    We keep saying we should pickle a bit more, and what better prompt than to make our own pickling spices.

    1. I like to preserve food. It’s fun to run down in my pantry and grab something that was fresh from the garden! Thanks Caroline!

  3. 5 stars
    Fun! I definitely have to make this recipe. I want to get into pickling and this spice mix looks perfect!

  4. 5 stars
    I have plenty of jars that are loooooong past their expiry dates too! Bulk buying is a great solution that I need to do more of. Your spice blend sounds great! When I make pickles I usually just throw in a few dill seeds and peppercorns and call it a day, but I’ll have to try this next time!

    1. I hear ya! You by a spice for one dish and then it sits in the back of the pantry for years! Lol! Thanks Ann!

  5. 5 stars
    Oh pickles! Me and my daughter can live with pickles and could not without.
    This recipe is amazing and absolutely true, so good to have in hand – you buy the supermarket ones but I truthfully only trust my own. Good to know what’s in.
    Recipe saved ????????thanks so much for sharing this ????

  6. This is a great idea! I really like! I definitely want to try this! Thank you for sharing this great post!

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