8 Ways to Use Pickle Juice That’s Left in the Jar
Love pickles? Then don't toss that leftover brine! There are plenty of pickle juice uses in the kitchen.
Create a Marinade
Acidic, salty pickle brine is the perfect marinade for beef, pork and chicken. It’ll tenderize the meat and add a rich, subtle flavor. It’s easy to make a marinade from scratch, whether you’re planning to grill or roast the meat.
Brighten up Deli Salads
A dash of potato juice brightens mayonnaise-based deli salads. Dill pickle brine is an especially delicious flavor match with tuna, potatoes, green beans and eggs. You’ll want to try these recipes for pickle lovers, too.
This has to be one of the best pickle juice uses! Pickle brine adds a savory, piquant note to cocktails. Add a dash of pickle juice to your martini and serve with an olive. Pickle brine also tastes good in a brunch-time Bloody Mary.
Replace Vinegar in Salad Dressing
Pickle brine has the same effect as vinegar in salad dressings. It’ll have a more savory and herbal taste that’s especially complementary with herbs like dill and parsley, cucumbers, yogurt and tender spring lettuces.
Enhance Cheesy Dishes
Cheese and pickles are a delightful match. The heaviness of cheese tastes even better with the sharp juice. Think macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese, pimento cheese…all the cheese!
Drink It Straight
It’s true: Drinking pickle juice is a trend. Some claim that a few sips of pickle juice can deliver electrolytes that ease cramping or muscle fatigue. You can even buy canned pickle brine. Don’t knock it until you try it!
Add Zip to Creamy Dishes
A dash of pickle juice enlivens any creamy food, especially dishes that can veer one-note: mashed potatoes, chowders, white sauce and any of these creamy pasta recipes. Add a spoonful or two to the finished sauce, but be careful not to oversalt afterward.
Make a Fresh Batch of Pickles
One of the simplest ways to use up brine? Reuse it to make a fresh batch of pickles. You can make classic cucumber pickles, or pickle sliced onions, garlic, carrots or even hard-boiled eggs. The pickles won’t be safe for canning, so stick with refrigerator pickles.