It is now preserving season and approaching the end of the growing season where many crops and foraged foods can be preserved for the upcoming Winter months, here is a quick and simple recipe if you need to make pickling vinegar on an ASAP basis:

Make your own Spiced Pickling vinegar in 30 minutes

Home Made Spiced Pickling Vinegar

You Will Need:

  • A good glass Jar or Bottle, usually you should use a non-metallic lid as vinegar is corrosive,
  • Cider or Malt Vinegar (Cider being the healthier option),
  • 1 Tsp Peppercorns,
  • 1 Tsp Coriander Seeds,
  • Small Cinnamon Stick piece (2-3cm long),
  • 2 Cloves,
  • 1 Tsp Mustard Seeds,
  • Small Pot / Pan for boiling and simmering.


  • Measure the vinegar by pouring it into your storage jar / bottle to fill it up, once filled place it in the pot with the spices and bring to the boiling point,
  • Once boiling point is reached, bring the heat down and simmer as slightly as possible for 30 minutes – let it sit to cool down,
  • Pour the liquid through a sieve or similar filter into your storage jar or bottle, your vinegar is now ready to be used when you want to pickle any vegetables from your garden

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  1. Helen says:

    Is cider vinegar really healthier?


    • jeffpermie says:

      Yup, mainly if you obtain it with the ‘mother’, I make my own and even after using the mother jelly stuff, I find more mother is formed later from the bits and sediment, the shop stuff is usually very well filtered cider vinegar where you will be lucky to have it forming.


      • Helen says:

        Yes, I’d have thought so (re shop-bought).


      • jeffpermie says:

        It’s really easy to make, most people think you need an apple press to make cider, I have a very simple recipe to make cider using only maybe 10-15 apples and water with Sugar or Honey to make your typical 4.5 Ltr Demijohn, the cider itself is low alcohol content (around 3%) yet, I recently had some home brewed cider when I attended the Off-Grid Festival and it tasted very much the same. Using my recipe you simply allow the cider to go off and let sit for a while, the recipe is posted on my site for future reference 🙂


      • Helen says:

        I think it’s more space in my case – no room for a demi-john! I’ve got so much clutter with my handicrafts, half-finished decorating and children’s paraphernalia, I don’t think another hobby would fit in 😊


      • jeffpermie says:

        Haha I know the feeling!

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