Pickling Spice Blend recipe from Idea Land blog #canning(Used in this project: Rectangle Labels in Dottie style with Medium Cellophane Bags.)

Every year, just before the first garden vegetables are ready to harvest, I prepare a pickling spice blend for all my small-batch pickling. I only make a few jars of pickles per vegetable (I eat or freeze the rest), so my spices generally last through the whole summer, or until I’m ready to start making dill pickles. I use this spice blend with pickled carrots, onions, green tomatoes, etc., and I always refer to the National Center for Home Food Preservation website for instructions on how to make the brine, depending on which vegetable I’m working with.

This year, I have friends who have planted their first vegetable garden, and are eagerly awaiting their harvest. To help them out, I thought it would be fun to share a few packages of my pickling spice blend for them to try on their own vegetables.

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Pickling Spice Blend recipe from Idea Land blog #canning

To make this for yourself or your garden-loving friends, you’ll need:

Pickling Spice Blend

Medium sized cellophane bags (I used 3)
Personalized canning labels from Evermine.com
• Cardstock, cut into a rectangle the width of the cellophane bags and folded in half
• A stapler and staples

Add the following to each bag:

• 1 cinnamon stick, broken into pieces
• 2 bay leaves, crushed
• 1 pinch of cloves, crushed
• 2 tablespoons mustard seeds
• 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
• 1-2 tablespoons peppercorns
• 1 teaspoon celery seeds
• 2 teaspoons allspice
• 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
• 1 teaspoon ginger powder (optional)

Pickling Spice Blend recipe from Idea Land blog #canning

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Once the spices have been added to the bags, fold the top down twice, cover with the cardstock, and staple into place to secure the top of the bag. Cover the staples with your personalized labels. For my labels, I chose lime colored labels in the style Dottie.

Pickling Spice Blend recipe from Idea Land blog #canning

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Lindsay is a writer/blogger from Oregon who loves crafting, cooking, gardening, and simple living. You can find her writing about all of this and more on her blog A Wooden Nest.


  1. Thank you so much for this post. First off, the national center for home food preservation was a real score. Never heard of the site before but when I have time I’m sure I’ll find some invaluable info. The pickling samplers you made were unbelievably cute. Love this site.

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