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How To Make Pickling Spice At Home?

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Making pickling spice every time there is a need to pickle vegetables and meats is not a great idea either. Making it at home home in advance is not only easy and time-saving but also it frees you from thinking every time what all spices you need to add in making the pickling recipe. Here are tips on how to make pickling spice at home.

keep jars in sun to remove odor and moistureStep 1: Dry Jars: Drying jars means all moisture contents must be carefully removed from the jars. If any strong odors are left behind, eliminate them thoroughly before using it. You can keep your spice jars in the sun for a day to remove both moisture and odors from the jars. Airtight jars must be used for this purpose.

Step 2: Pick spices: Pick what kind of pickling spice you want to make. American and British cuisine use a variety of spices like mustard seeds, cinnamon, coriander, cloves, bay leaves, black pepper and ginger, while Indian pickling spices use chili peppers, cardamom and turmeric as base. It is important to choose what kind of pickling spice you want to make because this is the base of what ingredients you will need for making it.

Step 3: Take 2 tablespoons whole mustard seeds, 1 table spoon whole allspice, 2 teaspoon coriander seeds and 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes in the jar and shake well to mix them. Add 1 teaspoon of dried ground ginger and shake again. Use one medium cinnamon stick and break it in half and drop both the pieces along with two whole cloves and bay leaves in the jar and blend it. This preparation will hardly take 10 minutes.

Always keep powdered spices in airtight jarStep 4: Once the spices are powdered, cool it down first and then pour it in the airtight jar. If you directly keep the hot content in the jar and close it, it will create moisture, which is not good for your homemade spices, especially if you want to use it in the long run. If you correctly follow these steps, the spices should last up to two months.

So the next time you want to add a little extra spicing in your vegetable or meat recipe, you do not have to go through this spice-making process. You can simply use the measuring spoon for the pickling spice bottle and sprinkle it on the recipe.

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