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A Gazillion Ways to Use Leftover Pickle Juice » digest LA

Serious Eats solicited readers for uses for leftover pickle juice and highlights the best ones on their site. This is extremely important to me as a pickle addict. Some of my favorite uses that I am going to try are:

  • Reuse the brine to make more pickles out of different fruits and veggies. Carrots, mushrooms, beets, radishes, green beans (aka dilly beans), the list goes on. Optional: spice it up with hot peppers.
  • Mix into potato salad, tuna salad, chicken salad, or macaroni salad to add moisture and a flavor boost.
  • Sauces and dressings. Replace some of the vinegar in a salad dressing, dress slaw with it, and tartar sauce could always use some.
  • Boil whole potatoes in it. Not only does it season them nicely but the acid in the juice keeps the ‘tato surfaces relatively intact over a longer simmer, while the insides get creamy.
  • Steam vegetables in it.
  • Throw it into a Bloody Mary.

Of course, pickles and their juice are great for replacing your electrolytes after a long endurance workout. Maybe I should just save the juice for a treat after my next race. Read more suggestions at Serious Eats.

  • Jim K

    The very best use was demonstrated about 10 years ago when Reid was on his 2nd year? They went to dallas to start the season, a big undertdog on a very hot Dallas day and they destroyed dallas, starting the downward spiral that the Cowboys have been unable to reverse. Eagle players had been given pickle juice to handle the heat.

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