Everyone asks me, when you pickle do you use a store bought season packet? My answer is no, I actually make a pickling vinegar with seasoning in it. This is my favorite recipe for doing so....
You will need:
18 whole allspice berries
1 lg cinnamon stick
1 lg piece blade mace
6 cups malt vinegar
1 cup raw sugar (cane)
1 tbsp whole cloves
1 tsp peppercorns
Let us begin:
Place all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
Boil for 5 minutes
Remove from heat and allow to cool completely
Carefully strain into sterilized jam jars until needed. If you do not know how to sterilize jam jars see below.
STERILIZING JAM JARS:
Always wash jams jars in hot soapy water. Drain and air dry upside down, do not towel dry.
Carefully place jam jars upside down in a oven
Heat at 300 degrees for 15 minutes
Carefully remove jam jars and place on a clean, dry towel upside down until needed.
Do not touch rims when filling or moving.