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Don’t Pour Out That Pickle Juice!

Don’t Pour Out That Pickle Juice!

Waste not, want not! This saying is true for many things, and dill 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.  See the list!

13 Unusual Uses For Pickle Juice

1. 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.

2. Potato Salad Bonus.  A splash of pickle juice in potato salad adds just the right amount of flavorful seasonings and moisture.

3. 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.

Bloody Mary Cocktail in glasses with garnishes. Tomato Bloody Mary ice cold drink with fresh celery, pickles and lime on dark background, copy space.

4. Pickled Eggs. Use it to pickle and flavor hard-boiled eggs.

5. Hangover Cure. Dehydration is the major cause of hangovers. Drink pickle juice to hydrate, and restore electrolytes.

6. 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.

7. Steam Vegetables. Use pickle juice to steam or boil vegetables to add the perfect touch of dill and salt seasonings.

8. 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!

9. Boost Culinary Flavor. Add a splash of pickle juice when cooking corned beef and cabbage to add flavor.

10. 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.

11. Cure for Hiccups. Take a swig, hiccups gone! More hiccup remedies here.

12. Heartburn Remedy. Sipping pickle is a tasty remedy to relieve heartburn.

13. Use It Again! After the pickles are gone, toss in some green beans or more cukes and pickle them!

Got a use for the juice? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Steven says:

    It has helped me fight colds and the flue i haven’t had a flue shot in 10 years but take a shot of pickle juice every morning and night and haven’t had the cold or flue since then not only does it help prevent it but if you don’t want to commit to a shot or 2 a day it also will help fight it due to all the antioxidants and probiotics in the juice

  • Missey says:

    I had a restaurant and we would buy pickles in bulk…. five gallon buckets. When the pickles were gone, there was at least 2 gallons of pickle juice left. We would use it to clean the grills at night…. turn off the burners, throw on about 2-3 cups of pickle juice and scrape away all the grease and burned areas. Rinse with water, wipe dry and lightly oil so the grills won’t rust overnight. Worked like a charm! Grills always looked brand new after.

  • Larry Jackson says:

    Mix pickle juice salad dressing and sugar or sweet and low. Shake in a jar till smooth add to macaroni salad keep the salad from getting pasty!

  • Linda Langgood says:

    I drink dill pickle juice when I have nausea. The juice not only settles my stomach but gives me an all over healthier feeling. I have been doing this since my Grandma canned her own pickles in the 1950’s. Those were the best pickles.

  • Alexxia says:

    Pickle juice helps with the flu. I’m still not entirely sure how, but if you have the flu, make sure to keep some pickle juice in your house. It helps quite a bit. It also relieves quite a bit of the pain!

  • MaryAnn Fleury says:

    I always reuse pickle juice. I blanch carrots and green beans and stand them up in a new jar, add a bit more dill and mustard seed. The taste great and look pretty. They also make great hostess gifts!

  • Consequences says:

    I’ve always been told to use white vinegar for cleaning and cider vinegar for cooking/food. Why is there white vinegar in the dill pickle recipe instead of cider vinegar?

  • Barbara P says:

    I use dill pickle juice foe my stomach some of my meds and antibiotics make me a little sick at times. I also know several women that has used it for morning sickness. They say it works best cold, just slowly sip not drink to settle the stomach.

    • Linda Langgood says:

      I also drink dill pickle juice for my upset stomach. I prefer it room temperature. However you like it, it’s an awesome fix for so many ailments. Good thing I love the taste.

    • Carol says:

      The acid in pickle juice and grapefruit depletes the active ingredients in meds

  • William says:

    I save the juice and a few pickles to make pickle soup.

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