This pickling spice is a fun departure from the traditional, dill-heavy blend. It has all the familiar spices, but their proportions are rearranged to create a new take on the old familiar pickling spice blend. The orange peel, particularly, adds a note of citrus, a hint of bitterness, that plays nicely with the vinegar and salt of a pickled vegetable. The recipe comes to us from Preservation Pantry: Modern Canning From Root to Top & Stem to Core, by Sarah Marshall. She listed us in the Resource section! Thanks, Sarah. We like your pickle spice, and lots of other recipes in this book, as well.
If you want to get real fancy, you can make your own dried orange peel; just arrange chunks of orange peel skin side up in a dehydrator, or a 200° F oven, and dehydrate for 1-2 hours, flipping the peels over every half hour. Once the peels are dry and hard to the touch, let them cool, and use kitchen shears to snip them into 1/4” pieces. We got our peels from the bulk bins, though, since we made this blend out of orange season, and they worked real nice in this recipe.
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Toast the mustard seeds, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, and dill seeds in a cast iron pan or skillet over medium heat. Shake the pan every 2 minutes to keep from burning. After about 6 minutes, or when the seeds begin to pop and dance, remove from heat and place in a bowl.
Crush the cinnamon stick into small (1/4” pieces), using a pestle on a wooden cutting board. Add the cinnamon to the toasted spices.
Crumble the bay leaves into the spice mixture by hand, or snip them into strips using sharp kitchen scissors.
Mix the spices together well, and funnel it into a small (2 ounce) jar to store.
This spice blend can be used in lieu of traditional pickling spice in any recipe that calls for pickling spice.
Remove peels from clementines, trying to leave as much white pith behind as possible; set clementines aside for another use (or snacking!). Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add clementine peels, cinnamon sticks, cardamom, and ginger and cook 3 minutes. Remove pan from heat and let sit 5 minutes.
This tea combines warming spices with the bright, bitter flavor of orange peels. Perfect for sick days, the recipe is totally adaptable—add cloves or fennel seeds, or stir in ground spices (or ½ tsp. of a blend like chai masala or haldi doodh) at the end. And if you like your drinks on the savory side, try adding ¼ tsp. smoky black cardamom.
I'm curious to know why remove from heat and let sit then heat it up again?