Don’t Pour Out That Pickle Juice!

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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.

4. Pickled Eggs

eggs brined in pickle juice

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

The steam from the vegetables carrot broccoli cauliflower on black bowl , a steaming. Boiled hot Healthy food on table on black background,hot food and healthy meal concept

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

8. Flower Power!

Beautiful blue hydrangea or hortensia flower close up. Artistic natural background. flower in bloom in spring

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!

Deborah Tukua is a natural living, healthy lifestyle writer and author of 7 non-fiction books, including Naturally Sweet Blender Treats. She has been a writer for the Farmers' Almanac since 2004. Her article on salt-based home remedies appears in the 2020 Farmers' Almanac.

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Heather W.
Heather W.
5 days ago

I use pickle juice to marinate my chicken tenders in then I bread the and fry them. My kids love it!

Susan Higgins
Susan Higgins
5 days ago
Reply to  Heather W.

Sounds great! It certainly is the perfect brine!

Karla
Karla
22 days ago

If u have Diebeties & ur sugar # is high drink 3 tablespoons of pickle juice & it will lower ur # in a few minutes.

edna markle
edna markle
22 days ago

I sip a little at time if I am a little nauseated.

Kevin Sayles
Kevin Sayles
24 days ago

Onions in the pickle juice eliminates the need for (pickles and onions) on your burgers

Janet Yenshaw
Janet Yenshaw
24 days ago

I’m saving 2 cups of my dill pickle juice to make some dill pickle soup, it’s delicious.

C. B. Bostwick
C. B. Bostwick
24 days ago

I save mine and use it as fly bait in the traps i hang in trees. made from recycled water bottles

Fern Compton
Fern Compton
24 days ago

If it is acidic and good for hydrangeas it would be good for blueberries too. Isn’t vinegar a weed killer though?

Karen Ritter
Karen Ritter
8 days ago
Reply to  Fern Compton

Vinegar IS a weed killer! I poured some pickle juice on a couple potted bell peppers they were dead in two days!

Nancy Lee Kelly
Nancy Lee Kelly
1 month ago

As a short order cook I always keep a cup of juice in the kitchen for burnt finger. Dip your fingers in and pain goes away.

Steven
Steven
3 months ago

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

BChatterson
BChatterson
23 days ago
Reply to  Steven

One tablespoon cures a sore throat… swish around in your mouth and swallow.. apple cider vinegar does the same thing.

Missey
Missey
5 months ago

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
Larry Jackson
7 months ago

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
Linda Langgood
7 months ago

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.

Heather W.
Heather W.
5 days ago
Reply to  Linda Langgood

Do you have your grandma’s pickle recipe that you would be willing to share?

Alexxia
Alexxia
11 months ago

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
MaryAnn Fleury
11 months ago

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
Consequences
11 months ago

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
Barbara P
11 months ago

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
Linda Langgood
7 months ago
Reply to  Barbara P

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
Carol
5 months ago
Reply to  Barbara P

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

William
William
11 months ago

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

Beverly
Beverly
11 months ago

I heat up my pickle juice to boiling, pour over slightly steamed green beans or any vegetables I have stuffed into the pickle jar, heat up the lid and put it back on jar! It pops as it reseals! Good on anything, bloody Mary’s, or just put out in a tray watch them disappear! I only reuse jars once but they work!!

Ashley
Ashley
11 months ago

Pickle wings!

DOUG Biggs
DOUG Biggs
11 months ago

Fill that little jar of peppers and vinegar back up,
Olive juice works good too

Aaron
Aaron
11 months ago

Spray dill pickle juice on your popcorn & the salt (NuSalt) will stick to the popcorn better.

Diane
Diane
11 months ago

Are the pickles you are talking about naturally fermented (in salt brine) and would need to be sold in the frige section of a store or made with vinegar and sold on the store shelf????

Jerry
Jerry
11 months ago

Dill pickle pork chops cover pork chops in pickle juice cover with tin foil and xook at 350 for 40 minutes serve with rice and poor some of the juice on your rice very food

Niki
Niki
11 months ago

I use leftover pickle juice for marinade before frying boneless thigh or tenderized* breast of chicken. With equal parts milk. Marinate 6-24 hours.

Carolyn Gollesch
Carolyn Gollesch
11 months ago

I ALWAYS add dill pickle juice to my homemade tartar sauce for delicious extra flavor!

Angie
Angie
11 months ago

I like to use dill pickle juice or the juice from green olives if I find myself a little constipated
It works like a charm. It’s not like over the counter pills or drinks that give u cramps or make it so your going all day. About 4oz does the trick for me.

Penny Peterson
Penny Peterson
24 days ago
Reply to  Angie

I agree withbu! I eat 8 green olives n a tablespoon of olive juice every day to stay regular! Sure beats Metamucil n OTC meds.

Terilee
Terilee
11 months ago

For crab salad.. Cook macaroni (small shell is good) cool. Add sweet pickle juice to the macaroni, cover and let marinate in refrigerator over night. Finish your salad the next day and it tastes awesome!!

Susan Higgins
Susan Higgins
11 months ago
Reply to  Terilee

Terilee, that sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing!

NAN OWEN
NAN OWEN
11 months ago

Would love a recipe for homemade pickle juice.

Sandi Duncan
Sandi Duncan
11 months ago
Reply to  NAN OWEN

Hi Nan,
We don’t have a recipe for the juice, but for homemade pickles which then you will have juice. Here it is – Make Your Own Pickles – It’s Easy!

Sandi Duncan
Sandi Duncan
11 months ago
Reply to  NAN OWEN

This stuff is amazing! Thanks for sharing Sue!

Sandi Duncan
Sandi Duncan
11 months ago
Reply to  NAN OWEN
Sandi Duncan
Sandi Duncan
11 months ago
Reply to  NAN OWEN

OOH smart! Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

Sandi Duncan
Sandi Duncan
11 months ago
Reply to  NAN OWEN

OOH good to know. Thanks for sharing!

Sandi Duncan
Sandi Duncan
11 months ago
Reply to  NAN OWEN

Great idea. Do you ever crave sour? I do and pickles solve that craving too!

SUE
SUE
11 months ago

When your little one loses a tooth and there’s a bit of blood, have them suck on a dill pickle. The salty brine stops the bleeding then they can eat the pickle! I kid you not!

Anne
Anne
11 months ago

I add it to sloppy joe sauce.

Joan
Joan
11 months ago

Looking for a simple homemade refrigerator dill pickle recipe where you do not have to steam jars or can them?

John Williams
John Williams
11 months ago

After I eat all the pickles, I top the juice off with whiskey. Makes a great drink. I’m thinking about not waiting for all the pickles to be eaten now that I’m single.

Jodi
Jodi
11 months ago

We save pickle juice and use it as a chaser. Shot of Jamison, then chase with a shot of pickle juice. The mixture is known as Pickle Backs when ordered…It originated in Ohio.

Carey
Carey
7 months ago
Reply to  Jodi

Yessss! I pickle back everything lol!

Mary Lou
Mary Lou
11 months ago

I get my pickle juice from the deli at our local grocery store. They get pickles by the bucket full and are happy to give me a quart when I need it.

Lori
Lori
1 year ago

I marinate chicken wings in pickle juice for dilly wings.

SENSEI Mike Feldman
SENSEI Mike Feldman
1 year ago

Professional fighters, boxers, Mma, etc. to toughen your skin and bleed less. All you need is a bucket, a snorkel, and several large jugs of pickle juice!! Poor enough juice in a bucket to submerge your face just the front not necessarily your whole head, put the snorkel in your mouth and soak your face as much as possible!…
The longer the better the more frequency the better!!..
Also good for traditional martial artist to soak their hands!..

DW
DW
1 year ago

Cures seasickness. Tried the ginger the boat crew recommended but that did nothing. Asked if I could have the juice from the jar of pickle slices for the hamburgers…it worked in 10 minutes!

Wendy
Wendy
1 year ago

If I am craving something sweet, I will eat a dill pickle or drink about a half glass of pickle juice. It gets rid of the craving.

Bill
Bill
1 year ago

Im going to try the removes grease. Never heard of that. Been drinking pickle juice for many years granma gave it to me and called it sour candy lol i miss my granma.

Cathy
Cathy
1 year ago

Drink a swig of pickle juice for an upset stomach.

Diane Ferrell
Diane Ferrell
1 year ago

My dad used to save pickle juice for a shrimp boil. Maybe an onion. Empty out that mustard jar. It will make the best tasting shrimp u will ever eat. Also I save olive oil from green olives. It’s perfect for grilling fish. especially salmon. Takes away that fishy taste some fish have. Enjoy!

Missy
Missy
1 year ago

Drink pickle juice to soothe a dry, scratchy sore throat.

Jen
Jen
1 year ago

Instead of using relish for tartar sauce, I use chopped up dills and some of the juice. Best fish and chip tartar ever

Angela
Angela
1 year ago

I drink pickle juice to relieve acid reflux

Marjorie
Marjorie
1 year ago

I like pickle juice, instead of vinegar, over fish.

Peggy Frederick
Peggy Frederick
1 year ago

Instead of using lemon & salt when doing shots of Tequila, do the shot then chase it with a swig of pickle juice.

M. Charley G.
M. Charley G.
1 year ago

My wife and I have used specifically DILL pickle juice for leg cramps and ankle cramps for three years. Just drink 1/4 cup and 15 minutes cramps are gone.

Deanna
Deanna
1 year ago

I make dill pickle soup, use leftover pickle juice plus chicken broth, along with chopped pickles, diced potatoes, diced carrots, onions and celery.

Mary
Mary
1 year ago

Weedkiller !

Linda Longworth
Linda Longworth
1 year ago

As a child I would get pin worms. My mother began having me drink pickle juice and I never had them again. Also my mom used pickle juice to make a poltace for warts….

Linda
Linda
5 months ago

Do you know what she used for warts?