Dill pickling spices enhance the flavor of vegetables, especially gherkins and cucumbers. Preparing pickling spices is a simple procedure provided the correct spices are used in correct proportions. You can combine spices in correct measures for a first try, and change the proportions you use in the pickling spice combination to suit your unique taste.
Things You'll Need
- 1 cup mustard seeds
- 3/4 cup coriander
- 3/4 cup dill weed
- 1 cup black peppercorns
- 3/4 cup hot red pepper flakes
- 3/4 cup allspice berries
- 1/4 cup mace
- 3/4 cup fresh cinnamon
- 2 bay leaves
- 3/4 cup cloves
- 1/4 cup ginger
- Mortar and pestle
- Wooden spoon
- 2 cups vinegar
Crush the black peppercorns in a mortar with a pestle.
Grind mace, cinnamon and ginger separately
Crush the cloves in a mortar with a pestle.
Crumble the bay leaves
Heat the mustard seeds, allspice berries, coriander seeds and cloves in a skillet. Stir occasionally with the wooden spoon till the aroma of the spices wafts around the kitchen.
Add all the other ingredients and heat for about a minute.
Add the spices to 2 cups of vinegar.
Add the spices to cucumber, gherkins or any other vegetable that you wish to pickle. The recipe will make 3 liters of dill pickling spice.
Tips & Warnings
- You can also add dill weed to ready-made pickling spices if you are in a hurry to make the spice mixture.
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