Everything You Can Make With Leftover Pickle Juice


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There’s a feeling of sadness that occurs when one eats the last pickle from the jar. Pickles are great, it’s understandable to mourn the end of them. But what’s left behind in that jar ― the pickle juice ― is full of possibilities. It can be used in a number of recipes to impart its briny, pickle-y flavor to a multitude of dishes. So whatever you do, don’t dump it.

Dumping pickle juice is throwing away an invaluable ingredient.

If you love the flavor of pickles, then you love the flavor of pickle juice. And so naturally, you should be using it as an ingredient in your kitchen. From cocktails to salad dressings, there are a whole lot of ways pickle juice can help liven your recipes. Here are six of our favorites:

Brine chicken with it.
Skinny Taste
Try it with this Pickle-Brine Chicken Tender recipe from Skinny Taste
Make butter even better with it.
Noble Pig
Try this Dill Pickle Butter Compound recipe from Noble Pig
Use it to punch up sautéed vegetables.
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Try it in this Mushrooms in Pickle-Brine Butter recipe from Food52
Use it to perk up some bland potatoes.
Cinnamon Spice And Everything Nice
Pickle juice was made for potatoes. Add to potato salad to give it a tangy kick, or brine them for frying -- either way, you can't go wrong.

Try the Pickle-Brined French Fries recipe from Cinnamon Spice And Everything Nice
Mix it into cocktails.
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Try it with this Very Good Bloody Mary recipe from Food52
Bake with it.
Gather for Bread
Try it with this Dill Pickle Bread recipe from Gather for Bread
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