Has anyone used Milpas brand pickling spices mix?
I sent my husband to the store to buy ingredients for my first try at refrigerator pickles. I needed fresh dill and mustard seeds for the recipe I chose from the web. I told him to go to the Mexican spice area to look for the mustard seed because the spices there (they come in bags) are about 1/4 the cost of name brand spices in jars.
Well, bless his heart, he found a bag of Milpas brand pickling spices in the Mexican spice area (for 89 cents!) so he got that and he also got a jar of mustard seeds ('cause he knew I'd complain if he didn't).
Anyway... I made a batch of the pickles this afternoon using the recipe from the web, but I couldn't find anything on how to use the Milpas pickling spices. It has mustard seed, black peppercorns, bay leaves, coriander seed, some small red dried chilis and what they label as "spices". Everything is whole spices - nothing ground.
Any advice on what I should pair those with? I'm assuming vinegar, but do I need salt or sugar or???
Thanks for any help you can provide this novice pickler.