Ingredients commonly found in pickling spice mix include allspice berries, black peppercorns, mustard seeds and coriander seeds. Pickling spice mix may contain red pepper flakes, coriander, ginger or bay leaves. Cinnamon sticks, grated nutmeg and dill seeds may also be added to pickling spice mix.
Pickling spice mixes can be adjusted according to the user's personal preferences. For example, adding extra red pepper flakes creates a spicier pickle. For a deeper flavor, some people may choose to toast the allspice, cloves, mustard seeds, peppercorns and coriander seeds. To make a pickling spice mix, simply combine all of the ingredients together, and store whatever is not used that day in an airtight glass jar. Pickling spice mixes last for approximately one year when stored at room temperature.
Combining between six and eight spices together is an excellent way to create an aromatic pickling spice mix. People who pickle vegetables and fruits often experiment with spice blends by decreasing spices that smell unpleasant and increasing the appealing aromatics. The spice blend may vary depending on what fruit, vegetable or other food is being pickled. Some foods that can be pickled include cucumbers, peppers watermelon rinds and tomatoes. Other pickling options include pears, cauliflower, beets and celery sticks.