15 Reasons You Shouldn't Toss Out Pickle Juice
When you've plucked all the pickles from the pickle jar, don't ditch the juice! People, that pickle juice is liquid gold. Instead of tossing it out, put your pickle juice to good use in a dozen delicious recipes.
Pickle Brine Chicken
"Like most brined recipes, the payoff is in the texture and moisture content and not necessarily in the taste," says Chef John. "Having said that, these did have a nice little twang. So the next time you have nothing left in the pickle jar but the juice, you now know what to do."
Home-Opener Pasta Salad Dressing
A splash or two of pickle juice gives this dressing a delightful tangy boost.
With buttermilk and dill pickle juice, this slaw is tangy times two! "It goes well with just about anything from fried fish to hamburgers," says ROXY24, "and is to-die-for on a pulled pork sandwich."
Dill Pickle Dip
Pork Chops with Dill Pickle Marinade
"Pickle juice is a terrific brine for marinades. "It may sound strange, but it's a winner," says Karen. "Marinate center-cut pork chops in the pickling liquid of store-bought dill pickles."
Easy Cajun Bloody Mary
Pickle juice is the secret sauce for five-star bloody mary recipes. Here's one that has a Cajun kick.
Dill Pickle Salsa
"I'm a big fan of pickles, so this jumped right out at me when I stumbled across it," says lovestohost. "It was easy to make and uses pantry staples."
Chef John's Nashville Hot Chicken
"If you've never had Nashville Hot Chicken, we're talking about an ultra-crispy fried chicken doused with a cayenne-infused glaze, and by 'glaze' I mean melted butter and lard," says Chef John. "For the record, I've never been to Nashville, so I can't tell you how authentic this is, but it works for me and is fairly easy to pull off."
If Nashville Hot is a bit too hot for you, try this less spicy version of pickle-fried chicken.
Tarragon and Spice Deviled Eggs
Horseradish, cider vinegar, and a couple of splashes of pickle juice combine with fresh tarragon, Dijon, and mayo in these spicy, sweet deviled eggs.
"Like a dirty martini, but with pickle juice," says acpazian. "If you like pickles, you'll love this!"
Tangy (Not Sweet) Tartar Sauce
Real NY Jewish Rye Bread
"I live in an area of NY that is blessed with both Jewish delis and bakeries and this bread would be right at home in either." — BigShotsMom
Macaroni Salad with Pickles
"This is the best recipe I found for macaroni salad. My hubby even said it's as good as his mother's! It makes a lot of food." — MLARK
Spicy Bacon Cheeseburger Dip
"Loved the way all the flavors work in this," Keeli says. "Really smells like a cheeseburger!"