Can I use powdered spices in pickling?
Use fresh, whole spices for the best flavor in pickles. Powdered spices may cause the product to darken or become cloudy. It is best to tie whole spices loosely in a cheesecloth bag, then remove the bag before canning. If desired, add individual spices from the bag, such as a cinnamon stick, to each jar. Spices deteriorate and quickly lose their pungency in heat and humidity. If they cannot be used immediately, they should be stored in an airtight container in a cool place.
Barbara Willenberg, Nutritional Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009