Miraculous Pickle Juice Benefits! 13 Reasons To Love It
Pickle juice has many surprising health benefits. So, after the pickles are gone, resist the urge to dump it down the drain. Here are 13 reasons to take a sip or save it for culinary and flower bed enhancement!
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 some to a glass of tomato juice or a Bloody Mary cocktail. Or, freeze it 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 tp 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 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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Have you ever used pickles for any of these remedies?
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Deborah Tukua is a natural living, healthy lifestyle writer and author of 7 non-fiction books, including Pearls of Garden Wisdom: Time-Saving Tips and Techniques from a Country Home, Pearls of Country Wisdom: Hints from a Small Town on Keeping Garden and Home, and Naturally Sweet Blender Treats. Tukua has been a writer for the Farmers' Almanac since 2004.
I’ve used pickle juice for years for all the things mentioned except migraines, I’ve never had those. One thing I use it for is roast. I pour pickle juice all over a roast and make sure it’s under it also. I let it set for 2 hrs. Then drain the juice off and put in roaster with all the veggies. Comes out tastier and more tender. I also put the juice in my chicken salad. Older remedies are still the best solutions to a lot of problems.
That is one tasty tip! Thank you for sharing!
I have used pickle juice for hiccups for almost 40 years. It really is amazing. It instantly gets rid of hiccups. I saw in another comment that it helps with migraines as well. I will be trying that.
I’m not a fan of pickle juice, but I may try it for migraines too! I hope you share your results with us.
I had no idea this would cure hiccups, migraines or could be used for indigestion and in flower beds. I’ve used it for leg cramps for years and it really works. I always take a few good swigs after a long day in the hot sun.
I use this when I am constipated, I have used this for years to keep me regular
I add a little sweet pickle juice to tuna salad. Adds some moisture and a nice sweet flavor.
What about the juice of Green Olives 🫒?
When I don’t have pickle juice, I use olive juice to ward off leg cramps. Works for me.
A couple table spoons of pickle juice will rid your migraine head ache.
Pickle juice will kill weeds and grass
Add pickle juice to your homemade barbecue sauce, makes for a great tangy addition
OOh thanks for this tip Wetzel. We will give it a try.
Am sure pickle juice works because it has mustard seeds along with the cucumbers. I have been taking table spoon of mustard when I get cramps for years and it will works faster than pickle juice try it you will see how fast it works compared to the juice
Drain a can of beets, add to pickle juice and chill overnight for easy pickled beets.
Love all the reasons for the pickle juice
Is it only dill pickles made with vinegar, or does naturally fermented pickle juice work as well?
I use pickle juice to marinate my chicken tenders in then I bread the and fry them. My kids love it!
Sounds great! It certainly is the perfect brine!
Chick-fil-A marinated the chicken in pickle juice.
Oh my gosh, we were just talking about this! Secret ingredient – who knew! Thanks for commenting.
If u have Diebeties & ur sugar # is high drink 3 tablespoons of pickle juice & it will lower ur # in a few minutes.
I sip a little at time if I am a little nauseated.
I keep Altoids in my car. They help with nausea when you are on the go. They are also good for a dry mouth.
Onions in the pickle juice eliminates the need for (pickles and onions) on your burgers
I’m saving 2 cups of my dill pickle juice to make some dill pickle soup, it’s delicious.
Would love to have the recipe for this! Put it on Pinterest. Or send it directly to me. Thanks.
I save mine and use it as fly bait in the traps i hang in trees. made from recycled water bottles
Sweet pickle juice?
Hi Lorie, sweet pickle juice isn’t the best choice as a remedy, as it has lots of sugar.For most of these purposes it’s best to use dill pickle juice.
If it is acidic and good for hydrangeas it would be good for blueberries too. Isn’t vinegar a weed killer though?
Vinegar IS a weed killer! I poured some pickle juice on a couple potted bell peppers they were dead in two days!
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.
dipping burnt fingers in flour will also stop a burn from spreading.
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
One tablespoon cures a sore throat… swish around in your mouth and swallow.. apple cider vinegar does the same thing.
I’m gonna give this a try, I’ve been suffering with a cold and sore throat for a few days now
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.
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!
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.
Do you have your grandma’s pickle recipe that you would be willing to share?
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!
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!
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?
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.
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.
The acid in pickle juice and grapefruit depletes the active ingredients in meds
I save the juice and a few pickles to make pickle soup.
Would love a recipe for pickle juice soup.
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!!
Fill that little jar of peppers and vinegar back up,
Olive juice works good too
Spray dill pickle juice on your popcorn & the salt (NuSalt) will stick to the popcorn better.
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????
No, just plain old jars of pickles sold on the shelves.
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
I use leftover pickle juice for marinade before frying boneless thigh or tenderized* breast of chicken. With equal parts milk. Marinate 6-24 hours.
I ALWAYS add dill pickle juice to my homemade tartar sauce for delicious extra flavor!
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.
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.
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!!
Terilee, that sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing!
Would love a recipe for homemade pickle juice.
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!
This stuff is amazing! Thanks for sharing Sue!
Check out – Make Your Own Pickles – It’s Easy!
OOH smart! Great idea. Thanks for sharing.
OOH good to know. Thanks for sharing!
Great idea. Do you ever crave sour? I do and pickles solve that craving too!
There are many recipes online for making just the juice.
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!
I add it to sloppy joe sauce.
Looking for a simple homemade refrigerator dill pickle recipe where you do not have to steam jars or can them?
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.
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.
Yessss! I pickle back everything lol!
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.
I marinate chicken wings in pickle juice for dilly wings.
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!..
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!