Adding Powdered Spices to Chutney and Pickles

Asked November 13, 2018, 3:48 PM EST

Hello, I am going to make Cranberry Orange Chutney. The recipe calls for cinnamon sticks that are discarded before canning. Will it change the pH of the chutney or make it unsafe to eat if I add cinnamon powder to the chutney instead of using and discarding the cinnamon sticks? Similarly, is mustard powder a safe substitute for mustard seeds when making pickles? Thank you!

Stephens County Georgia

1 Response

Using cinnamon instead of cinnamon sticks is fine. The only problem with using powdered mustard instead of mustard seeds is that it will turn your water cloudy. If you are giving them as gifts--they may not look very nice. Also, the mustard powder may not give the pickles as nice of a flavor as the seeds.