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Thumbs up PICKLING SPICE for some extra oomph for corned beef

I don't like that tiny lil spice pack that comes with the corned beef so I make my own.

PICKLING SPICE - Pickling spice is most often used for canning pickles, but in some other dishes as well. The ingredients are: cinnamon, mustard seed, bay leaves, allspice, dill seed, cloves, ginger, peppercorns, coriander, juniper berries, mace, and cardamon. For a hotter mix, add some crushed hot peppers.

My basic recipe:

2 cinnamon sticks, broken
1 tablespoon mustard seeds
2 teaspoons black peppercorns
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon whole allspice
1 teaspoon juniper berries
1 teaspoon crumbled whole mace
1 teaspoon dill seeds
4 dried bay leaves
1 small piece dried ginger

Makes about 1/4 cup.

I go heavy handed with the cloves, mustard, and dill.
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