Spicy Pickling Mix

French Spicy Pickling Mix
French Spicy Pickling Mix
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This is not the pickling mix for those who don't like spicy food. Inspired by the famous little French pickles called cornichons, we wanted to have a pickling mix that would have some distinctly French elements but would also have that spicy flair that we don't have in our traditional pickling mix.



The Story of Spicy French Pickles

Thinking of French food brings to mind foods like baguettes, macarons, crepes, or even foie gras. These foods are beautiful, subtle in flavor, and provide a great deal of comfort for anyone eating them. The soft winds of a Parisian street table at brunch can almost be tasted in a croissant. Spicy food is probably the furthest thing from your mind when you think about French food, but it shouldn't be.

Deep in the cooking world of French cuisine, there is a quiet hum that is beginning to surface and that hum sounds like the word "spicy." Examine for a moment, the cornichon, a French gherkin that has a signature sour spiciness that may otherwise seem out of place in French cuisine. Used as a garnish, these are paired frequently with cheese or dishes that are heavy on cream. This type of pickle is only a little spicy though. Don't be fooled- these aren't the kind of pickles that will overwhelm your mouth, just give you a subtle kick. Most would describe these as sort of spicy pickles that are mostly sour.

So we figured we would come up with a spicier version of this type of pickle, inspired by the classically French cornichon. Our pickling mix has the traditional peppercorns, but we also add in some red pepper flakes to increase the spiciness a little bit.


What's in it?


The Spicy Pickling Mix is hand blended with Red Pepper Flakes, White Peppercorns, Whole Clove, Dried Thyme, Rosemary, Coriander Seed, Organic Bay Leaves (crumbled), and Marjoram.


Flavor Profile


Spicy Pickling Mix has a nice flavor that translates to the mouth as heat at first and then slightly herbaceous as the heat fades. The white pepper and red pepper flakes give it a nice warm bite.


Where to Use


Use in the pickling of small cucumbers, beets, carrots, or anything else you want to have a spicy flavor with a French flair.

When pickling, we like to boil the vegetables until they are tender and then drain. Refill your cooking pot with vinegar, salt and sugar. Add the spicy pickling spice mixture and bring your vegetables to a boil again for 15-20 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and let it cool. Once cooled, pour your vegetables and brine into sterilized jars and seal. This is an easy pickle brine recipe that anyone can replicate. Use vinegar as your liquid to get the best results in your pickling endeavors.

Pickling spice mix isn't only for pickling. It can also be used to add flavor to soups and stews in much the same way that it adds flavor to the vinegar for pickling. Beans and rice dishes can also benefit from this French spicy pickling spice mix.


Helpful Hints


When using this pickling mix, it is best to wrap it up in a cheesecloth or a small sachet and then boiling it in the pickling mixture. Remove the sachet or cheesecloth from the pickling liquid before adding your vegetables, don't let the spices age with the vegetables.


Spice Cabinet 101: Peppercorns
The Difference Between Pickling and Fermenting
What is Pickling?
Flavor Characteristics of Spices


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g0%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate0.0g0%

Dietary Fiber0.0g0%

Total Sugars0.0g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more

4 out of 5
3 total ratings.

Keith C. (Verified buyer) 04/02/2021
This is a really good blend for Corned Beef! I bought this for home-curing corned beef. It helped produce some amazing results. Great flavor, slightly heavy on the clove which actually comes across quite well in the final product. Will definitely buy again.

JIM I. (Verified buyer) 04/09/2020
second place we typically use your standard pickling spice to make our pork jerky so we thought we try the french version which was good but we feel the standard is superior the best we have ever used!

Joyce C. (Verified buyer) 04/11/2019
Too much pepper The hot pepper overtook the flavor of the other spices in this mix.