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!
Here’s why you shouldn’t pour out the juice!
1. Natural Sports Drink
Swig right from the jar, or freeze pickle juice into popsicle molds. After a game or playing outdoors, it’s a great way to quickly 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
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 perk up your acid-loving flowers! 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.