MIXED PICKLING SPICE (about 1/3 cup)

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2 tablespoons mustard seeds

1 tablespoon whole allspice

2 teaspoons coriander seeds

2 teaspoons black peppercorns

2 teaspoons dill seeds

2 teaspoons cloves

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes

1 bay leaf, crumbled

a 2-inch piece of cinnamon stick, crushed

1. In a bowl, combine well the mustard seeds, allspice, coriander seeds, black peppercorns, dill seeds, cloves, ginger, red pepper flakes, bay leaf and cinnamon. The pickling spice keeps in a tightly sealed jar in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months. Use it to season the brine for pickles or the cooking liquid for shellfish.

from The Best of Gourmet, 1989

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