6 Surprising Uses For Pickle Juice

Posted on: 12 January 2016

The next time you purchase a jar of kosher pickles, do not throw out that juice! There are many uses for pickle juice that may surprise you. Here are a few ideas for your leftover pickle juice.

#1 Use It Again

You can use your leftover pickle juice and the jar it came in to create more pickled food. Add some garlic, onions, artichokes, or hard-boiled eggs to your leftover pickle juice and let them brine. Let the food ferment for a week or so, and enjoy your newly pickled jar of food.

#2 Cure Your Hangover

If you drank a little too much the night before, pickle juice is a great hangover cure. Alcohol leaves you feeling dehydrated because it is a diuretic. Pickle juice will help hydrate you and all the salt in the pickle juice will help replenish your sodium levels, which are generally depleted after a night of drinking. 

#3 Tenderize Your Meet

If you need to tenderize a cut of steak or some pork chops, use some pickle juice. Pickle juice will help tenderize a tough cut of meat. It makes a great marinade, and adds a little different flavor and taste profile to your meat.

#4 Add It To Your Food

There are lots of different types of food that can benefit from a dash of pickle juice.

It is a great way to add flavor to sauces and dressings. Add a little zing to your barbecue sauce by mixing in some pickle juice. If you like to make your own salad dressing, instead of using vinegar, substitute in some pickle juice. Pickle juice is also a great way to add some flavor to your hummus; it will give it a salty and complex flavor.

You can also directly add pickle juice to your food. The next time you make macaroni and cheese, instead of adding some barbecue sauce for extra flavor, throw in some pickle juice. Drizzle some pickle juice over your steams or roasted veggies for a little flavor kick. Add it into your meatloaf for some extra flavor. 

#5 Clean Your Copper Pans

Copper pans can be extremely difficult to clean. Instead of using a harsh cleaner on your copper pans, pour some pickle juice inside of them. Let the pickle juice sit in the pan, and then scrub away. The vinegar in the pickle juice should help break up and remove the gunk from your copper pans.

#6 Kill Stubborn Weeds 

Your pickle juice has uses outside of the kitchen as well. If you have a bunch of stubborn weeds that you just can't seem to get rid of, pour or spray some pickle juice on them. All the salt and vinegar in the pickle juice will act as a natural weed killer.  

There are lots of ways to use the leftover pickle juice from kosher pickle brands. The only thing you shouldn't do is wash the pickle juice down the down when you finish the last pickle. Get the most out of your pickle juice by utilizing one of the tips above.