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Feb 11, 2007 09:24 AM

What to do with leftover pickle brine?

In my fridge I have two large mason jars of leftover spicy pickle brine from organic pickles I got at the farmers market (happy girl). The brine includes whole red chilies making for a very SPICY brine.

I don't have the heart to throw it away... I know it has another use.

Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks in advance!

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  1. Blanch some cauliflower florets, carrot slices, and chunks of cabbage and add them to the heated-up brine, along with large pieces of red pepper, celery, and zucchini. Cool, refrigerate and, in a couple of days, you'll have yourself some great marinated vegetables.

    1. Hardboil some eggs. Shell them. Plop them into the brine. Store them in the fridge for a week and viola - pickled eggs.

      1. I use leftover pickle brine in my Bloody Maries.

        Also good to brine some flank steak...makes a corned beefy tasting steak.

        Fine shredded cabbage will pickle up nicely in there to go with some sausages.
        Little green tomatoes...and don't forget pickled okra.

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        1. re: lebelage

          glad to see someone mentioned this. wonderful, old school way of doing things. also, as someone below mentions, just drink it. i always always drink the brine from any REAL pickles (as in, no vinegar, unpasteruized) i get including Bubbies.

        2. A Latvian friend of mine drinks it.

          1. I drink it--tasty and good for the gut, too. Sometimes stick in carrot sticks. But I always forget about them.

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            1. re: peterboy

              However, if one is watching their sodium intake, this may not be the best use for it. I have read of the purported power of pickle juice, though; many claim that it is very good for you.