Sunday, February 9, 2014

Pickling Spice Mix for Dill Pickles

This recipe is definitely worth buying the individual spices for.  I like to make a trip to Penzey's in Pittsburgh's Strip District for my seasonings.  You can buy in varied quantities.  Keep your old spice jars and refill as needed (Penzey's sells in bags).

1 T yellow mustard seeds
1 T allspice berries
1 T dill seeds
1/2 T whole cloves
1 dried red chile, crushed into little bits
3 cinnamon sticks, crushed
3 bay leaves, crumbled into little bits
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
1/2 star anise pod, crushed (omit if using fennel seed)
1 teaspoon fennel seed

I love this recipe. It really beats McCormick's pickling spice.  The fennel is optional, but gives the pickles a slightly unique flavor.  I sometimes opt for a bit more cloves too, but be careful as they can overpower the pickles.

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