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Pickling Spice Recipe

Total Time: Under 5 mins | Active Time: | Makes: About 1 1/4 cups

Pickling spice is a mixture of spices used for pickling meats such as corned beef and sauerbraten; vegetables such as cabbage, onion, and mushrooms; and fish such as salmon and herring. Pickling spices are best left whole so the flavor cooks in without leaving any powdery residues that would make the liquid cloudy and unappealing. Tie pickling spices in a cheesecloth bag for easy removal. Use about 1 tablespoon pickling spice for each quart of liquid.

INGREDIENTS
  • 1/4 cup broken cassia bark
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard seeds
  • 2 tablespoons black mustard seeds
  • 2 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 2 tablespoons allspice berries
  • 2 tablespoons black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon dill seeds
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 2 teaspoons celery seeds
  • 2 teaspoons crushed mace blades
  • 8 crushed bay leaves
  • 1 (1-inch) section dried ginger
  • 1 small dried hot red pepper
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Combine cassia bark, yellow mustard seeds, black mustard seeds, coriander seeds, allspice berries, black peppercorns, dill seeds, fennel seeds, cloves, celery seeds, mace blades, bay leaves, ginger, and hot red pepper.

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