Recipe: Spiced Pickling Vinegar

Try this recipe for spiced pickling vinegar to add unique flavours to your preserves, and turn your regular fruit and veg into little delicacies.


Pickling fruit, vegetables and eggs is a delicious way to prevent waste in your kitchen, and is even more useful when you grow your produce yourself. Rather than using plain distilled vinegar to preserve your produce, have your own ready-made spiced pickling vinegar at the ready, to add unique flavours and turn your regular fruit and veg into little delicacies.

 You will need:

Dried chillies

Juniper berries

Cinnamon sticks

Star anise

Muslin squares


1 litre distilled vinegar

Pickling jars


  •  Place 2 muslin squares on top of each other on a surface. Lightly crush the berries and dried chillies, then add the spices. Gather together and tie tightly with a long piece of string to form a spice bag.
  • Place the bag in the saucepan, looping the string around the handle, and add the vinegar. Bring to the boil for a few minutes, before removing from the heat and allowing to cool. Leave for a couple of hours before removing the spice bag.
  • Your spiced vinegar is now ready to use, or you can store it in a pickling jar, ready for garlic cloves, eggs, onions, cabbage or cucumber to be added.

Try experimenting with different vinegars and spices. White wine, malt or cider vinegars are just as suitable for pickling and add their own subtle flavours. Other popular pickling spices include mustard seeds, cloves, bay leaves, coriander, peppercorns, dill seeds and ginger.

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