Pickle Juice, anyone?

kec01May 5, 2009

Grabbed the last dill pickle spear out of the jar and, boy was it good! But then I stood there looking at the jar of pickle juice.

Does anyone have any creative uses for pickle juice? Short of drinking a glass of it or washing it down the drain, I'm at a loss for what to do with it. It seems like such a waste to toss it.

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nancylouise_gw

Afraid I can't help you with this one. I also just toss the juice down the drain. But, I do save the jar the pickles come in and have that for a multitude of uses. NancyLouise

    Bookmark   May 5, 2009 at 7:35AM
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jonsgirl

I don't know if you have kids but my kids love 'pickle pops' which are popsicles made from pickle juice.
Also I have a friend who simply cuts up cucumbers and puts them in the pickle juice for a few days. They don't taste like pickles, I won't lie, but they taste good. I imagine you could do this with other veggies, okra, cauliflower...or hard boiled eggs if you like those.
At least you could stretch your jar of pickles a little longer.
We got a great bargain on pickles at SuperWalMart, where they have the large size containers of food, they had a huge jar of those big pickles you buy at ballgames for less than $4. I'm not crazy about them, they are a little salty for me but my husband and kids loved them.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2009 at 8:34AM
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jonsgirl

Another idea, I watch America's Test Kitchen and they do a lot of brining, maybe you could do a search and see if leftover pickle juice would be suitable for brining or marinating meat before cooking it. You could always add other things to it to suit your tastes.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2009 at 9:05AM
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ilene_in_neok

Over on the cooking forum they're marinating pork chops and chicken in it.

I wonder if you could use it to remove lime deposits from shower doors, etc.?

    Bookmark   May 5, 2009 at 9:31AM
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ilene_in_neok

Woops, sorry, not on the cooking forum. Here's the link for where I saw it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Allrecipes

    Bookmark   May 5, 2009 at 10:48AM
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budster

I've used it for marinate.....not gallons of the stuff but just a cup or so. It was fine. If you can marinate in say Italien dressing why not pickle juice? I also use it when I'm making a salad...just add it to the dressing you are mixing (again not buckets just a dribble or two). I use it alot when I mix up slaw....it adds to the zip! Also chucked in the odd bit of cuke and it makes passable "pickle bits" after a few days. And yes sometimes I do dump it.....MIL used to drink the stuff but I can't say I've gone that far -YET!

    Bookmark   May 5, 2009 at 2:41PM
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mustangs81

I love Nathan's Sweet Horseradish Pickles but they are a little pricey. Frequently bread and butter pickles are BOGO so I drain them and add the pickles to the Nathan's Sweet Horseradish Pickles brine. I a week, I have cheap sweet horseradish pickles.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2009 at 5:47PM
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stargazzer

Pickle juice is mostly vinegar, right? Vinegar is not good for you, it makes your body retain fluids which can turn into congestive heart failure. My sis went through a period of drinking vinegar in her drinking water and had Mom doing it. I asked the doctor about it and he just rolled his eyes and told mom to stop, it could put her into congestive heart failure.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2009 at 6:20PM
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ilene_in_neok

I never heard of vinegar doing that, but the salt content is a big risk, as far as drinking the juice goes.

My mother was a real penny pincher. She tried putting pickle juice in jello salad until we complained so loud she instead just started drinking the juice. She said it was refreshing. Unfortunately, she had high blood pressure. She complained a lot about the cost of her meds and got kind of mad at me for saying that if she would just lay off the pickle juice she probably wouldn't have to have as much medicine for her high blood pressure.

She lived to be 93, though the last few years were in dementia, and died of a stroke.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2009 at 8:14PM
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stargazzer

My Mom is 97 and she wishes she could die. She also has dementia and it's getting impossible to help her. She hit my sister and blacked her eye. She can't control her bladder and soaks everything. We don't want her in a care home because they will just kick her out when she fights with them. Been there done that with my husband. His third home was getting ready to put him out when he died.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2009 at 9:30PM
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telly2

Pickle juice makes a great marinade for beef roasts. It tenderizes and adds flavor.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2009 at 10:07PM
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ilene_in_neok

Stargazzer, I sent you an e-mail.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2009 at 9:25AM
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stargazzer

got it and answered, thanks

    Bookmark   May 6, 2009 at 8:11PM
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kec01

Thanks, everyone, for your ideas. I'd never thought of incorporating it into a meat marinade...but I'm going to now! I did drink a small glass of the briny liquid after the OP and I got the absolute worst stomach cramp, worst one that I've had in more years than I can remember. I have low blood pressure so the salt wasn't the problem.

In the past, I've used the juice from jalopena peppers in guacamole, I've used caper juice in scrambled eggs. I just wasn't getting too excited about pickle juice in either.

Again, thanks for the ideas.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2009 at 8:37PM
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krissie55

Use pickle juice in potato salad instead of plain vinegar. Gives great flavor to the salad.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2009 at 10:21PM
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micrazy

I don't know if you're inclined, but adding dill pickle juice to tomato juice (along with celery, hot sauce, pepper and vodka) makes a GREAT bloody mary!!

    Bookmark   May 25, 2009 at 1:20PM
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lido

Based on this thread, I added some olive oil and used some as a pork roast marinade....oh, so very good.

I've also cut up some raw veggies and have a few soaking in the juice now.

I like the bloody mary idea....next on the list to try. Thanks everybody.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2009 at 10:57PM
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JoAnn_Fla

Heres a page for you.
You can always boil some eggs and add them to the juice for pickeld eggs.

Here is a link that might be useful: reuse pickle juice

    Bookmark   June 10, 2009 at 2:59PM
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jackster159

You can add a bit to tunafish, it gives it a pretty good flavor.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2009 at 11:28PM
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neesie

Wow, I learned quite a few new things thanks to this thread. I don't think I'll ever pour pickle juice down the drain again!

stargazer, I'm really sorry to hear about your mom. Life certainly isn't fair, is it???

    Bookmark   July 20, 2009 at 8:45PM
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stargazzer

No it's not. When my husband couldn't find a care home that would accept him after seeing the restraints, I wrote an editorial about the "other" homeless people and it was published in our local paper.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2009 at 10:38PM
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monicatx

When I use the last of my pickles, I just slice some cucumber spears and put them into the pickle juice for a few days. They taste like a fresh pickles. Very good.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2009 at 2:50AM
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zinnia_blooms

i keep my pickle juice for boiled eggs , wait a day after letting the peeled shells off the boiled eggs and they turn yellow from the juice my kids and i love them , my daddy use to make this from the juice ,

    Bookmark   October 10, 2010 at 1:08AM
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gmp3

Sweet pickle juice and mayo make a great dressing for cole slaw.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2011 at 11:50PM
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