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Homemade Pickling Spice

I can every year and I love to use this pickling spice for my pickles. Everyone says they are the best they have ever had. —Olivia Miller, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
  • Makes
    1/3 cup


  • 2 tablespoons mustard seed
  • 1 tablespoon whole allspice
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 bay leaf, crumbled
  • 1 cinnamon stick (2 inches)


  • Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight jar or container. Use in favorite pickle recipes.

Pickling Spice Tips

What is pickling spice made of?

Pickling spice is a blend of typically 6 to 8 seasonings and spices. For this recipe, we used some spices that we think every home cook should have like mustard seed, allspice, coriander seeds, cloves, ginger, red pepper flakes, a bay leaf and a cinnamon stick.

What is pickling spice used for?

In addition to pickling foods, pickling spice can be used to flavor soups, stews, brines and main dishes. Check out our best pickled recipes for inspiration!

What's the difference between allspice and pickling spice?

Allspice is a dried berry that has a warm flavor resembling cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Pickling spice is a combination of different seasonings and spices, which can include allspice.

Which vinegar is the best for pickling?

The most popular pickling vinegar is distilled white vinegar because it’s clear and has a mellow flavor. But any vinegar can be used as long as it has at least 5% acidity, allowing foods to be preserved properly. Learn more about when each type of vinegar works best.
Nutrition Facts
1/8 teaspoon: 1 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium, 0 carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • Willy
    May 9, 2020

    This is a great pickling spice!!! Love it !! Thank you !!! Have to say Paul it’s a recipe for making pickling spice, you need to look up a canning recipe for liquid to use and the Scoville of the red peppers LOOK IT UP!! How stupid can you be !!! Nanacul, you just use 2T of the spice!!! How stupid can you be !!! Do you ask the same question when using Italian seasoning or other seasoning and spices that have many different things in them !!! REALLY come wake up !!!!! Both of you should leave the cooking to others !!

  • eileen
    Feb 23, 2020

    Where do I begin?!? 1. By making this yourself, you have a better chance of having fresher spices than the pre-mixed pickling spice off the shelf. I haven't priced it, but it might be cheaper. 2. I would take a whammer to the cinnamon stick to make sure it is distributed in the mix. 3. I prefer more cloves than two . . maybe a teaspoonful. 4. Crushed red pepper is what's found in the spice aisle labeled as "Crushed Red Pepper." Like the stuff you sprinkle on pizza. 5. If you're using this for pickles, follow what ever the recipe says for liquids, etc. 6. Finally, despite the name, I have never used this for pickles. It's very much like the tiny seasoning packet that comes with corned beef. I always throw a small handful in the simmering liquid. It's also good for boiled potatoes or for steamed or poached firm white fish (like cod.) You might want to put it in a cheesecloth bag to avoid unwanted crunchy bits. I'm just sayin . . .

  • Paul
    Mar 16, 2019

    I'm with nanacul. How much is too much? What and how much liquid is best to pickle with? What scoville level is the red pepper? Is it Capsicum or a Chilli?

  • nanacul
    Aug 15, 2014

    this makes 128 servings, but I need 2T for my recipe. How would I know how much of each spice to take out of the jar?

  • seamonkeyparent
    Sep 15, 2013


  • jjhopper
    Sep 25, 2012

    Is it really just 2 whole cloves or should that be 2 teaspoons?