what to do with the juice once the pickles are gone? In the past I have always just poured it down the drain! *GASP* Little did I know how many different ways there are to “recycle” pickle juice!
Pickle juice works in place of vinegar in salad dressing, soups, or virtually any recipe. It is basically just a souped-up version of vinegar.
Re-Pickle With It
-Empty whatever leftovers you have in your vegetable drawer into a jar of leftover pickle juice. Let them sit for a few days and you have NEW PICKLES!
-Place shredded carrots into a jar of pickle juice for a tangy snack.
-You can also pickle hard-boiled eggs in the leftover juic
Slice some red onion very thinly and throw it in the pickle juice for perfect pickled onions! The “pickled” onions liven up turkey, chicken or ham sandwiches, as well as hamburgers.
-Add cilantro and use the pickled carrots & onions as a topper for fajitas or tacos.
Meat & Poultry Tenderizer/Marinade
The acid in pickle juice acts as a tenderizer, resulting in super-succulent meats
Use it as a marinade for pork chops or steak. It will add a ton of flavor to your meats, without the extra calories. Mix Pickle juice, garlic, pepper, mustard together!
You can also use pickle juice as a delicious marinade for chicken. Soak the chicken overnight in a resealable plastic bag and then cook on the grill. If it seems a little too strong, try adding a little milk to the marinade. Discard pickle juice when done.
Add pickle juice to a pot of boiled potatoes to give them a nice little zing. The flavors absorb so perfectly you won’t feel the need to add as much salt, butter, sour cream, etc.
-Soak potatoes in brine for 12 to 24 hours before you make french fries, etc. out of them.
Pickle liquid mixed in with mayonnaise can give a new twist to your favorite potato salad recipe.
Other Food Enhancers:
-Liven up store-bought barbecue sauce by adding pickle juice to taste by the tablespoonful.
-Try adding pickle juice to your favorite macaroni and cheese recipe.
-Marinate soft white cheese in it.
-If you are a juicer, add a bit of brine to your vegetable juice.
-Elevate boring hummus to something more spicy with a few dashes of the salty brine.
-Use pickle juice to perk up boring poached fish! You will never go back.
-Throw some pickle juice into your meatloaf mix along with all the other condiments in it!
Make “Jewish Deli Bread.” Use brine as the liquid portion of your bread. It also makes a great soaking agent.
Combine pickle brine, heavy cream, and diced pickles. Serve with a pickle slice for garnish. Surprisingly delicious!
Pour some of the salty brine into pop molds, paper cups, or ice-cube trays and make your own savory summer snack.
Pickle Snow Cones
In Texas, pickle juice is a popular flavoring to pour over shaved ice. hmmmmmmm.
Put some pucker into your Bloody Mary with a tablespoon of pickle juice.
-Bartenders claim pickle juice (referred to as a “pickleback shot”) is the perfect complement to whiskey, instantly soothing the taste buds and aftershock of a rough liquor.
Make blackened copper pans sparkle by cleaning them with pickle juice. It also works well as a grill cleaner, making those charred bits much easier to scrape off.
In The Garden
The high vinegar and salt content of pickle juice makes it a great weed killer. Dump it on dandelions, thistle, pretty much any weeds that crop up around your home. Bonus, it’s pet-friendly!
Post-Workout Drink - In a 2010 study, pickle juice halted post-workout muscle cramps in 85 seconds. It is an effective way to replace lost electrolytes and sodium which can cause serious cramping and dehydration.
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