Homemade Pickling Spice
|2 tbs black peppercorns|
|2 tbs mustard seeds|
|2 tbs coriander seeds|
|2 tbs hot pepper flakes|
|2 tbs allspice berries|
|2 small cinnamon sticks, crushed or broken into pieces|
|24 bay leaves crumbled|
|2 tbs whole cloves|
|1 tbs ground ginger|
Pickling vegetables can be fun and rewarding. You can get pickling spice at the store however we have tried this homemade version and we find it superior in flavor.
- Lightly toast the peppercorns, mustard seeds, and coriander seeds in a small dry pan, then smash with the side of a knife or a heavy pan to crack them.
- Combine the cracked spices with the remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Store inn a tightly sealed plastic container or a glass jar with a tight fitting lid.
Recipe adapted from Charcuterie: The craft of Salting Smoking and Curing by Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn (www.norton.com)