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Pickle Juice

Anyone have suggestions, comments or recipes to use the leftover juice from pickle jars? I've never used it as an ingrediant but here it lends good flavor to hot potatoes for potato salad.

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  1. I use it in potato salad (yes - drizzling on the hot potatoes and mixing some with the mayo for the dressing). I also use it in the dressing for macaroni salad (I don't like the sweet versions).

    I've also added some to a brine for pork chops for the grill and that went really well.

    Basically if you think something could be "perked up" with some salt and acid, I don't see why you couldn't try it. With a moderate hand, of course!

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    1. re: eamcd

      Freeze it for ice cubes for bloody marys. Use it for a pickle back - a shot of whiskey (usually Jameson) followed by a shot of pickle juice. And sometimes I just drink a sip or two on its own when I'm feeling like something salty.

      1. re: eamcd

        I just used some in my pasta salad last night. I chopped up a bunch of dill pickles, but the taste just wasn't enough. So, a little dill juice just fit the bill. Perfect.

      2. Salad dressings, tossed with a steamed veggie,re-use it as is, used to put sliced celery in mine and get a nice crunchy celery pickle in a week or so.

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        1. re: Quine

          Salad dressing, yum. Any recipes to share?

        2. Bring it to a boil and pour over vegetables to pickle them.

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          1. re: smtucker

            yes yes or drop whole peeled garlic cloves into the pickle juice...you don't need to heat up the pj...after a few days, you have pickled garlic and it is SO good! got that tip from some nice 'hound here a while back...have been doing it ever since...especially with pickled jalapenos...then you have some heat AND the pickled garlic flavors...ooooh aaaah!

            1. re: Val

              love pickled garlic. can eat it as a snack. will try this - but to boil or not. I will try both.

          2. It is classic "hangover cure" for Slavs...a shot or two on the morning after.I don;t know if it really works but I sure like it.

            1. I like to heat it up and pour over halved, hard cooked eggs. Let cool and serve with a dollop of mayo and a sprinkle of fresh dill.