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Don't Throw That Pickle Juice Away!
When the pickles are all gone, it's easy to just throw away the pickle jar—disregarding the juice inside. While pickle juice can seem insignificant and of very little value, it can actually be used in a variety of valuable and creative ways.
Pickle juice can be used to create quick and delicious recipes like marinades for meats, salad dressings, beverages, and even bread! If you're not in the mood to create something with your pickle juice, you can easily freeze it in an ice tray or other freezer-safe container and then just thaw it when needed.
Let's get started!
Five Great Ways to Use Pickle Juice
- Deviled eggs
- Fry sauce
- Potato salad
- Homemade bread
- Salad dressing
1. Deviled Eggs With a Twist
Deviled eggs are a great standby side dish for family gatherings, barbecues, and a variety of other eating occasions. Always a crowd-pleaser, this appetizer can be easily made beforehand and refrigerated until needed.
While there are many variations of deviled eggs, often depending on where you live and the personal tastes of yourself or your family, pickle juice is a great way to enhance your favorite recipe. To use pickle juice in your deviled egg recipe, add one to two tablespoons of the juice to your egg yolk before adding your other deviled egg ingredients, or check out the delicious recipe video below for a great variation.
2. Tangy Fry Sauce
Fry sauce is becoming a fry lover's favorite sauce. Fry sauce often includes fan favorites like ketchup, mayonnaise, and spices. While most recipes don't include pickle juice, this fry sauce does and can be easily made in less than five minutes. So if you're looking for a tasty way to enhance your fry sauce, add a bit of pickle juice and enjoy!
3. Zingy Potato Salad
Potato salad is a great side dish for a weekend barbecue, family gathering, or a delicious side to go with lunch and dinner. Potato salad can be easily made beforehand, and most actually taste better a day or two after they've been refrigerated.
While there is an abundant variety of both hot and cold potato salad recipes to choose from, most recipes include some type of potato (white, red, or yellow), a base like vinegar, sour cream, or mayonnaise, hard-boiled eggs or bacon pieces, as well as celery or onions for both crunch and flavor.
As you can see, potato salads are quite versatile, which makes pickle juice a great way to add flavor to both hot and cold potato salads. If you want to try a hot potato salad, Mary's German potato salad looks delicious. A great cold potato salad is dill pickle potato salad.
4. Bread With a Secret Ingredient
Pickle juice in bread? While it may sound strange, the recipes I share will hopefully make you a believer! Traditionally, bread is made with simple ingredients like flour, yeast, water, and some kind of oil or butter. With a standard bread base, you can add in a variety of ingredients to flavor your bread like herbs, spices, cheese, fruit, and more. So if you're looking for a creative way to flavor your bread, whip up this delicious pickle juice bread, or try pickle juice in a bread machine recipe. The reviews have said it's not only tasty but quite addictive, too!
5. Quick & Easy Salad Dressing
Homemade salad dressing is a simple and easy way to add flavor to your favorite salad greens and vegetables. While store-bought salad dressing can be quick and convenient, homemade versions are cost-effective while also being quick and convenient, too.
Most salad dressings and vinaigrettes don't contain pickle juice, but they often contain vinegar, which is the main ingredient in pickle juice. If you want to experiment, you can use your favorite vinegar-based salad or vinaigrette recipe and replace the vinegar with pickle juice for a tasty new recipe.
If you don't have any recipes of your own, you can try this keto-friendly pickle juice vinaigrette recipe or this pickle juice salad dressing with summer herbs. You can also check out the video below for another great idea. Whatever recipe you choose to use, pickle juice can add great depth and flavor to your favorite salad.
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