How to Make Dill Pickling Spices


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
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Mortar and pestle
  • Skillet
  • 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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