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I like to play with my food. I also like Kosher dill pickles. When the last pickle is gone, what to do with the pickle juice? Discarding edible or potable food is not my style. I follow the dictum of Mario Batali that Italians to not waste anything that can be safely ingested.

Today for lunch I concocted a potable that was composed of equal parts of dill pickle juice and tomato juice, and a few shakes of hot sauce. The drink was a great accompaniment to my sandwich of Italian cold cuts.

Eccola! (not Voila!) It tasted great. If you are a devotee of dill pickles and you find yourself with leftover pickle juice, try the concoction.

I researched the internet for the beneficial effects of pickle juice before making the drink. The information was encouraging that there was some merit to drinking pickle juice. That was something that the Philadelphia Eagles started several seasons ago.

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  1. Add 100 Octane Vodka next time....

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    1. re: Uncle Bob

      Uncle Bob, I like that idea! ;)

      Wonder how it would taste with cornichon juice...

      1. re: Uncle Bob

        Don't think that I haven't thought about it! It was too early in the day for me. Maybe later...

        1. re: Uncle Bob

          Genius, Uncle Bob!

        2. You're crazy!! j/k

          We go through large quantities of pickles and I typically put spears of other veggies in the juice, refrigerate for a few days, and eat. Carrot and cucumber spears work especially well.

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          1. re: tcamp

            I was planning to use the juice to make 3 bean salad. I even bought the beans for it.

            1. re: ChiliDude

              i love three bean salad! now you can get frozen, uncut wax and green beans together!

          2. I save the juice and use it in a mustard "slather" for smoked pork butts/shoulders.

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            1. re: grampart

              Sounds good to me!

            2. I have gotten into the habit of saving dill pickle juice and adding it to stews and salads such as macaroni. There's a lot of flavor in there. Not so sure about the health benefits, I assume it's mostly salt?

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              1. re: coll

                or vinegar….

              2. Save it for a Pickleback, as created at the Bushwick Country Club:

                http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/20...

                1. Hubby gets up and takes a couple of big drinks if he has leg cramps during the night. Swears by it. I have a girlfriend that does too. I love dill pickle juice. I use it when I make deviled eggs or potato salad.

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                  1. re: AngelaID

                    Many of the websites that I researched stated that it was good for easing leg cramps.

                    I'm making deviled eggs tomorrow for a social club meeting. Thanks for the suggestion. The eggs are already cooked and peeled,and in the fridge, but I'm waiting until tomorrow to finish the process.

                    1. re: ChiliDude

                      My SIL just told me today that at one of the concession stands for little league baseball around here serves pickle juice frozen. Called "Pickle Pops".

                  2. O.K., you're crazy!!

                    1. I love pickle juice and as a kid would drink it. I would drink it all the time now except I blow up like a balloon from the salt but will sip it. I think it's great and as mentioned it helps with cramps.

                      1. Pickle juice is a good way to get vinegar into your system. Vinegar has many health benefits, including lowering the glycemic index of food consumed along with it.

                        My favorite use is to heat it up, then pour it over soaked and cooked dry white beans that are still hot, and thin-sliced sweet onion. Chilled, these beans are a great side dish or component of a salad, whether composed (Nicoise) or tossed.

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                        1. re: greygarious

                          I may try your ingredients as a side dish. Another jar of dill pickles is just about empty.

                        2. For a jar full of pickle juice when the pickles have all been eaten, I peel a few hard-boiled eggs and pickle them in the juice. If you can wait about two weeks, they get harder and really tasty.

                          1. I always save the juice and do multiple things with it. One, it is a great drink in itself and as one person said can prevent cramping when dehydrated. I also like using it to add flavor and a little moisture to tuna salad and potato salad. It can make a nice salad dressing and of course you can always add things to it. Use it as a brine for carrots, cucumbers and other veggies. And probably the best is to freeze it and use the cubes for bloody mary's or just to add to tomato juice

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                            1. re: jhopp217

                              Thanks for the tuna salad tip. The bloody Mary suggestion also is a keeper.

                            2. hmm, i wonder if olive juice would taste good in this preparation too. i don't go through pickles as quickly as i go through jars of olives, but i do hate dumping all the lovely juice. i'd never thought about mixing with tomato juice and hot sauce but i just might...

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                              1. re: calmossimo

                                If you do as you suggest in the last sentence, please let us know your opinion of the taste.

                                1. re: calmossimo

                                  I highly recommend. I was in Memphis years ago, and one bar added olive juice to the Bloody Mary. It is a great match..

                                  1. re: andieb

                                    And then you always have Dirty Martinis.

                                2. I add a bit to my deviled eggs along with roasted Garlic, mustard, Mayo etc.... Sweet pickel juice works too..

                                  I love the slaw Ideas... I love some of the other ideas here... good topic

                                  1. A question to the "experts" on Chow. Would you be able to reuse the pickling juice to pickle in the short term (1-2 weeks, without having to bath/seal the jar) other veggies, just as beats, for example?

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                                    1. re: Midknight

                                      Yes I've done baby carrots.