Pickling Spice – A British Spice Mix

by Hot Juan on February 7, 2010 · 0 comments

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Picking Spices

Picking Spices

There are not many spice mixes we can claim as our own, but Pickling Spice seems as British as it gets.

Picking Spices are what is used to give pickles there bite, but they are also used in the to make rollmops or soused herrings.

They can be used ground or whole, some people place them in a muslin bag and add to the vinegar that is to be used for pickling (You can buy in supermarkets pre-spiced vinegar oftern labeled Pickling Vinegar).

For a quicker infusion you can add them to a stainless pan of vinegar and bring to the boil before discarding the spices and using the vinegar.

1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon mustard seeds
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 tablespoon cloves
3 or 4 dried red chilies
1″ (2.5 cm) piece dried ginger root
1″ (2.5 cm) piece cinnamon stick
3 dried bay leaves

When I make my pickled onions I like them to have a real bite, so I used the hot infusion method, but leave in the Pickling Spices in the jar with the onions to mature, but remember to let the infused vinegar cool before using, else you will cook and not pickle.
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