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Homemade Pickling Spice

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 10 min.


1/3 cup

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
Homemade Pickling Spice Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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)


  1. 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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