Waste not, want not! This saying is true for many things, and pickle juice, believe it or not, is no exception. After the pickles are gone, resist the urge to dump the juice down the drain. There are many ways to put this salty brine to use: in the kitchen, as a home remedy, and when gardening. Take a look at this list:
- Natural Sports Drink. Swig right from the jar, or freeze pickle juice into popsicle molds. After a game or playing outdoors, young athletes can hydrate, and replace electrolytes.
- Potato Salad Bonus. A splash pickle juice in potato salad adds just the right amount of flavorful seasonings, and moisture.
- Beverage Booster. Add pickle juice to a glass of tomato juice or a Bloody Mary cocktail. Or, freeze pickle juice in ice cube molds for these beverages.
- Pickled Eggs. Use it to pickle and flavor hard-boiled eggs.
- Hangover Cure. Dehydration is the major cause of hangovers. Drink pickle juice to hydrate, and restore electrolytes.
- Relieve Leg Cramps. Ease post-workout muscle cramps, and restless leg syndrome. Take a swig of pickle juice to relieve the pain of Charley horses.
- Steam Vegetables. Use pickle juice to steam or boil vegetables to add the perfect touch of dill and salt seasonings.
- Flower Power! Use pickle juice in your flower beds to turn hydrangeas blue! Flowers such as hydrangea and rhododendron need acidic soil to thrive. And the best part, no toxic chemicals!
- Boost Culinary Flavor. Add a splash of pickle juice when cooking corned beef and cabbage to add flavor.
- Marinade & Salad Dressing Perk. Use pickle juice instead of vinegar when making salad dressing or a marinade. It helps tenderize meat, and is packed with flavor.
- Cure for Hiccups. Take a swig, hiccups gone!
- Heartburn Remedy. Sipping pickle is tasty remedy to relieve heartburn.
Got a use for the juice? Let us know in the comments below!