It's always a bummer to take the last homemade or store-bought pickle from the pickle jar. After all, there are a bunch of delicious varieties-from dill pickles to gherkins to Kool-Aid pickles, there's sure to be a favorite in every house. Yes, you can now buy a gallon of pickle juice on Amazon, but when you're left with a smaller amount of pickle juice from the jar, stop!
Don't pour it down the drain! Pickle juice is actually a valuable ingredient to have in your cuisine and around the house. And don't forget about our list of pickle juice cocktails. Check out our list of interesting ways to use leftover pickle juice, some might just surprise you!
1. Re-pickle it.
Reduce, reuse, recycle, right? Well, next time you're left with pickle brine, use it to pickle vegetables like: carrots, onions, avocado, beets, etc. And hey, why not make pickles again? Just slice up some cucumbers, throw them in the brine and make refrigerator pickles.
Hard-boiled eggs are also a popular item to pickle as well as ginger. These tangy ingredients are perfect additions to sandwiches, chicken, or fish.
2. Tenderize meat.
Decided to do it whole with 50/50 mustard pickle juice and @brisketmafia brisket rub. Been holding steady at about 235° using my trusty @thermoworks chef alarm. Using @kamadojoe big block for fuel and @webergrills applewood chunks for smoke. Wrapping in butcher paper at 150° internal until 203° and letting rest in a cooler for and hour plus or until I find someone who wants to eat brisket with me. Anyone want some brisket? 🙋🏻♂️ . . #mustard #picklejuice #brisketmafia #brisketrub #thermoworks #chefalarm #kamadojoe #bge #biggreenegg #bbq #usda #prime #usdaprime #beef #brisket #beefbrisket #igloo #wholepacker #flat #point #smokedmeat #napa #napavalley #napacounty #napacalifornia #california #winecountry #napavalleybackyardbbq
I don't know about you, it I'm always looking for ways to tenderize meat like steak, ribs or pork chops. I've tried everything- marinating the meat overnight, boiling certain meats, etc.
Since pickle juice is so acidic, it works as a great meat tenderizer for steak, pork chops, chicken, you name it. Add the pickle juice to your meat marinade next time- this is also a great trick for tougher cuts of meat. You'll get some delicious flavor from the juice and tender meat inside of dry and rubbery.
3. A vinegar substitute.
If a recipe calls for white vinegar or apple cider vinegar, try replacing it with pickle juice. It's just as acidic and sour and can taste so delicious in a homemade salad dressing. You can even in try it in tartar sauce, mayonnaise or in your next batch of barbecue sauce.
4. Make Dill Pickle Bread.
There's nothing like fresh bread, especially when there's dill pickle bread (also known as Jewish deli bread) to munch on! This is a yeast raised bread dough and instead of using warm water or milk as the liquid ingredient, you guessed it, leftover pickle juice is used instead.
A recipe worth trying for all you pickle lovers! Find it here.
5. Boil potatoes in it.
Sometimes boiling potatoes in salted water is so darn boring! If you don't know what to do with your leftover pickle juice, pour it into the pot of boiling potatoes. You'll give them some nice tangy flavors and in the end, you won't have to add in a ton of salt. This trick works great if you're making potato salad.
And if you want to make French fries, try soaking the potatoes in the leftover pickle before frying those suckers up!
6. Make pickle popsicles.
Craving something briny and sour? Try using the leftover pickle juice to make pickle popsicles. If you don't have an ice pop try, you can use paper cups or an ice cube tray. You can also use the pickle brine to bring savory flavor to shaved ice or snow cones.
Nice way to cool off on a hot day!
7. Use it as a post-workout drink.
After a long, strenuous work out, instead of reaching for that bottle of Gatorade or water, take a shot of pickle juice. The electrolytes in pickle juice can help you stay energized and hydrated after a tiring work out.
Pickle juice is also known to help relieve muscle cramps, some athletes even swear by this. Drink up folks!
8. Use it as a cleaning agent.
Don't we all want to have shiny pots and pans? Well, if you don't want to consume the leftover pickle juice, try using it as a cleaning agent when sparkling up copper pots and pans. The acidity will help break down those difficult to scrub spots.
You can also use the pickle brine to scrub away at charred bits of food on the grill.
9. Marinate cheese.
If you want to bring some tang to a soft white cheese like fresh mozzarella, an easy way to do that is by marinating it in leftover pickle juice. Serve alongside some roasted red peppers and crusty bread and you'll have the perfect appetizer! Who wouldn't love to feast on that?
10. Relieve heartburn with pickle brine.
Tired of heartburn? With a few sips of pickle juice, it will help balance the pH in your stomach, which can calm heartburn or acid reflux.
The leftover juice also works as a cure for an upset stomach and helps aid digestion. Talk about a cheap way to get some relief!
11. Use it in the garden.
Weeding!! Doesn't look like a difficult job, but the new flower beds are long and wide. Softer topsoil made the job much easier but there were lots of tiny weed seedlings amongst the bigger ones so time consuming to do a thorough job! Used a big garden fork to do the work. Builders walking all over beds compacted the soil quite a bit so lumps needed breaking up with the fork. #melissathegardener #thehelpfulgardenerlondon #weeding #gardenmaintenance #gardenjobs #flowerbeds #gardenmaintenancelondon #gardenweeding #weedsingarden #turningsoil #weedmanagement
If you feel like weeds are taking over your garden, ditch the chemicals and pour leftover juice from the pickle jar over them. The acidity from salty brine with help keeps those weeds away and even better, it's pet-friendly!
12. Make a better hangover cure.
After a long night out, you're body is super dehydrated, which is why you get headaches, cramping, nausea, etc. Ease your hangover with this one ingredient trick-pickle juice!
It helps balance electrolytes, replenish reduced sodium levels, and even cover up the smell of alcohol on your breath.
13. Make Dill Pickle Soup.
This dill pickle soup is a great way to use up leftover pickle juice. It's flavor and extra creamy from the sour cream. Serve some bread on the side and extra pickle slices to complete the meal.
You might want to whip up a loaf of that dill pickle bread! Here's the recipe.
14. Poach fish.
To help solve the pickle juice drinking dilemma we decided to make some! Using Alton Browns bread and butter pickle recipe and using stevia blend instead of sugar, we put just a few cucumbers in for flavor. 🤣😂🤣😂 We will find out in a week of we have a tasty pickle juice. 🙂 . . #ketolife #keto #ketopickles #ketobreadandbutterpickles #breadandbutterpickles @altonbrown #ketowayoflife #picklejuice #picklejuiceshots #ketopicklejuice
Amp up the flavor of poached fish by cooking it in pickle brine. You'll really add in some interesting and tangy flavors to your favorite fish.
15. Make Dill Pickle Butter.
Sweet or savory, I love making compound butter to spread on toast or to finish off a dish . A compound butter is basically just butter whipped in a stand mixer with different seasonings and ingredients mixed in.
This compound butter recipe uses the leftover dill pickle juice as one of the main ingredients. If you don't use it right away, this recipe will stay fresh in the refrigerator, so you'll always have it on hand. Here's the recipe.