This week I want to talk about how to reuse pickle juice. That’s right… pickle juice. My daughter is a pickle fanatic, so we always have a big jar of them in the fridge. That also means we recycle a lot of pickle jars! But what about the juice?
Here are quite a few uses for that pickle juice, so before you pour in down the drain, try one or two of these on for size!
Warning: To avoid getting “cooties” teach all members of your family to use a fork to remove pickles from the jar so they aren’t sticking their dirty fingers in there. Eeeeeew.
Marinade: combine juice with chopped fresh herbs and some olive oil for a tasty meat marinade. After all, pickle juice is basically vinegar combined with spices and herbs.
BBQ Sauce Booster: Add a little pickle juice to your favorite bottled barbecue sauce for a tangy, tasty kick
Pickled Veggies: Make your own pickled veggies. DD loves something from the store called “Dilly Beans” but the jar costs almost $7.00! Eek! Cut carrots into sticks, snip the ends off of fresh green beans, and cut cauliflower into flowerets. Celery sticks, broccoli flowerets, and sliced cucumbers are just a few more ideas. Place them into the pickle jar of juice and back into the refrigerator.
Onions: Slice onions into rings and marinate them in pickle juice. Use on turkey and ham sandwiches!
Potato, macaroni or tuna salad: Add some pickle juice to your favorite tuna, potato or macaroni salad for added flavor.
Enhance Gravy: Add a bit of pickle juice to the Crockpot or Dutch oven when making pot roast or braised meat. This will add a great flavor to your gravy!
Deviled Eggs: Add pickle juice with the mayonnaise in your deviled eggs. Marinate them to make pickled eggs.
Corned Beef: Make your own corned beef by saving 2-3 jars of pickle juice and covering a beef brisket with it. Bake as directed.
Tartar Sauce: if you make your own tartar sauce, this is the perfect addition!
Brine: You would need to save quite a bit, but pickle juice makes a great brine for chicken.
Drink It? I’ve read that you can drink pickle juice, but don’t overdo it. You can very quickly reach your full day’s supply of sodium intake without even realizing it.
Do you reuse your pickle juice? Tell us how!