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What to do with leftover pickle brine?

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spicygirl Feb 11, 2007 09:24 AM

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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    FlavoursGal Feb 11, 2007 09:29 AM

    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. mrbozo Feb 11, 2007 09:29 AM

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

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        lebelage Feb 11, 2007 09:34 AM

        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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          ben61820 Feb 11, 2007 10:26 AM

          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. oakjoan Feb 11, 2007 09:38 AM

          A Latvian friend of mine drinks it.

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            peterboy Feb 11, 2007 10:01 AM

            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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              Val Feb 11, 2007 10:22 AM

              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.

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              another_adam Feb 11, 2007 10:05 AM

              Boil peeled and cut up potato pieces, drain, toss gently with a bit of the juice while they're still piping hot. They absorb the liquid and flavor. (A good first step to potato salad, or just as a side dish on their own)

              1. hotoynoodle Feb 11, 2007 12:44 PM

                add it to potato or egg salad.

                warm it and marinate long hot peppers in it.

                1. gridder Feb 11, 2007 12:47 PM

                  Both my 3-yr old son and I love to drink it as well -- but I like the other options too!

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                    chazzer Feb 11, 2007 12:52 PM

                    Try using it as a marinate for skinless chicken and or pork prior to grilling, you may want to add a little oil also.

                    1. Ljubitca Feb 11, 2007 12:55 PM

                      add some to tuna fish - but i have heard that it is really good for an upset stomach...and

                      my friend who's family is from transylvania drinks the whole jar of juice...not sure if its a local thing there.

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                        Sharuf Feb 12, 2007 01:00 AM

                        My standard cole slaw sauce is mayo thinned with pickle juice.

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