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What You Can Do With Leftover Pickle Juice – 15 Easy Options

Pickles are popular snacks, but once all that delicious goodness is finished, what do you do with the juice?

If you’ve found yourself hoarding pickle-less pickle jars full of strange liquid, you’re probably wondering what you could do with it. 

Well, a lot, actually! 

Pickle juice is way more versatile than you might think. From using it in recipes, pickling more foods, or using it as a cleaning product, there’s no end to the uses of pickle juice.

What You Can Do With Leftover Pickle Juice - 15 Easy Options

If you’re interested in learning more about what exactly you can do with this stuff, keep reading! We’ll go through everything you need to know. 

A Quick Answer: What You Can Do With Leftover Pickle Juice? You can use your leftover pickle juice to do any of the following – make more pickles; marinade foods; add it to tuna; add it to mac ‘n cheese; season your food; add it to soups; shrink it as is; use it to make bread; add it to deviled eggs; marinate soft cheese; add it to store-bought condiments; add it to potatoes; kill weeds; shine your copper pans; and clean your cooking surfaces. 

To learn more about how you can do this, stick around. Every one of these options are incredibly easy and get amazing results:

  • Make More Pickles – 24 hours
  • Marinade Foods – 12-24 hours
  • Add It To Tuna – 5 minutes
  • Add It To Mac ‘n Cheese – 30 minutes
  • Season Your Food – 5 minutes
  • Add It To Soups – 5 minutes
  • Shrink It As Is – 1 minutes
  • Use It To Make Bread – 2 hours
  • Add It To Deviled Eggs – 5 minutes
  • Marinate Soft Cheese – 4-12 hours
  • Add It To Store-Bought Condiments – 5 minutes
  • Add It To Potatoes – 5 minutes
  • Kill Weeds – 5 minutes
  • Shine Your Copper Pans – 5 minutes
  • Clean Your Cooking Surfaces – 5 minutes

Reusing Pickle Juice – Is It Safe?

Pickle juice is safe to reuse as long as you aren’t trying to make a whole new pickle batch.

This is because the ratio of vinegar to salt will be different. As a result, you won’t be able to use this reduced concentration for pickling pickles. 

However, it can still be used to pickle other things, and it has loads of other uses. Let’s take a look at these uses. 

15 East Uses for Pickle Juice

Use it to Make Quick Pickles

Total calories per serving: N/A

Total preparation time: 24 hours

How to do it: get either onions, beets, cauliflower, or carrots and pickle them in the leftover juice for 24 hours.

Place them in the refrigerator while pickling, then enjoy! You can also do this with hard-boiled eggs. Be sure to eat them within 3 days.

Why we like this use for pickle juice: you bought pickles because you like them, right?

So why  not make more pickled things? This is the perfect way of reusing pickle juice and creating something similarly. It’s an honor to the pickles! 

Marinade Or A Brine

Total calories per serving: N/A

Total preparation time: 12-14 hours

How to do it: simply place your meat in the pickle juice and leave it to marinate or brine for 12-24 hours. This will tenderize the meat and add some flavor. 

Why we like this use for pickle juice: it’s super easy to do, and you get delicious and amazing results that you can apply to lots of foods.

Add It To Salads

Total calories per serving: N/A

Total preparation time: 5 minutes

How to do it: add a little pickle juice to your chicken, tuna, potato, or egg salad to add a little extra flavor to it.

It’s perfect for adding c=some extra flavor that goes well with everything you could possibly want.

Why we like this use for pickle juice: this is a very straightforward and quick use for pickle juice.

It is also something that a lot of people will love, because it’s so diverse. 

Make Adult Mac ‘n Cheese

Make Adult Mac ‘n Cheese

Total calories per serving: 446

Total preparation time: 30 minutes 

How to do it: add some pickle juice in the cooking process to give your next mac ‘n cheese dish something extra that everyone will love. You can also just sprinkle some on top to achieve a similar result. 

Why we like this use for pickle juice: everyone loves mac ‘n cheese, and so many people love pickles.

It only makes sense to combine the two and get something that you won’t get tired of.

Not to mention, the pickle juice compliments the rich cheesiness of the dish perfectly. 

Use it to Season Your Seafood

Total calories per serving: N/A

Total preparation time: 5 minutes

How to do it: the dill in pickle juice works incredibly well with seafood. Simply use the juice to braise or poach to get the ultimate complimentary flavor.  

Why we like this use for pickle juice: when you pair ingredients together perfectly, you are making a masterpiece.

You can find ways to use pickle juice with seafood that will create one masterpiece after the other. It’s also a great way to get people to eat fish!

Add it to Your Soups

Total calories per serving: N/A

Total preparation time: 5 minutes

How to do it: add your leftover pickle juice to your clam chowder, tomato or potato soup, or even your borscht.

It’ll give the soup that delicious kick it needs. Soups can be boring for some people, and adding some pickle juice makes it a lot more interesting.

The boost in flavor is exactly what a soup sometimes needs, so you won’t get tired of these creations. 

Why we like this use for pickle juice: this is a very easy and quick option, and you don’t need any special skills.

It’s as simple as adding some pickle juice to a soup mixture and cooking it all together for a little while. 

Drink it Straight 

Total calories per serving: varies from 0 to over 100

Total preparation time: immediate 

How to do it: why not just drink your pickle juice straight? If you love pickle juice, this is a delicious and super easy option.

Just don’t overdo it, as too much pickle juice can cause bloating and other side effects. 

Why we like this use for pickle juice: you can’t get any easier than this.

Pickle juice is delicious if you like the flavor, and you can’t get a stronger pickle juice flavor.

Use it to Make Bread

Use it to Make Bread

Total calories per serving: varies

Total preparation time: 2 hours

How to do it: crease a delicious pickle dill bread by substituting some liquids for pickle juice!

This will give the bread that delicious kick and rich flavor that we love.

These flavors also mean that the bread will pair super well with seafood, so what’s not to love?

Why we like this use for pickle juice: bread can be a little dull, but not when it has pickle juice in it!

Adding your pickle juice to a bread recipe is a great way of using it when you want the results to last a little while, or if you’re just a bread lover!

Add It To Deviled Eggs

Total calories per serving: 80

Total preparation time: 5 minutes

How to do it: once you have mashed up the cooked yolks of the boiled eggs, simply add your pickle juice and stir it in to get the flavor in there!

Alternatively, you can just sprinkle a little pickle juice over the deviled egg.

This will give them a devilish kick that people might not be expecting, but will definitely love. You won’t be able to get enough of this combination.

Why we like this use for pickle juice: delivered eggs are already fun, but this is a quick and easy way to make them even better than ever. Everyone will love them.

Marinate Some Soft Cheeses In It

Total calories per serving: N/A

Total preparation time: 4-12 hours

How to do it: get some mozzarella, goats, or feta cheese and marinate them in your leftover pickle juice!

You can then use these cheeses however you like, whether that’s adding them to a nice fresh salad, or cooking them up with a bunch of other ingredients.

This is a great way to simply up the ante and add some extra flavor to food that is otherwise usually pretty mild. 

Why we like this use for pickle juice: sometimes we run out of ideas for soft cheese recipes, but pickle juice adds some excitement back into it! It’s easy and opens a lot of doors for possible recipes.

Add It To Store-Bought Condiments

Total calories per serving: N/A

Total preparation time: 5 minutes

How to do it: you can add a tablespoon of pickle juice to any saucy condiment you like to boost its flavor and make it super delicious.

Try adding some pickle juice to ketchup, mayo, or any kind of dressing you like to use. You’ll wonder why you never did it earlier.

Why we like this use for pickle juice: it’s quick and easy, and something that everyone should try at least once. 

Use It On Potatoes

Total calories per serving: N/A

Total preparation time: 5 minutes

How to do it: did you know that you can use pickle juice in the water that you boil your potatoes in to give them a little more depth? It might sound a little weird, but it’s totally worth it!

You will get some delicious boiled potatoes that you can then use for anything you want! 

Why we like this use for pickle juice: this method adds much needed flavor to potatoes.

It’s so simple to do, but gets great results. You really can’t go wrong.

Douse Your Weeds In It

Time needed: 5 minutes

How to do this: all you need to do is throw your leftover pickle juice on the unwanted weeds in your garden, and wait for them to wither away.

Be careful with this option, though, as this could also kill the plants that you do want! Be selective, and control where the pickle juice goes so that you don’t kill your entire garden.

Why we like this use for pickle juice: pickle juice is a lot cheaper than weed killer, so you’re already saving money.

Not only that, but you don’t have to feel guilty about all the harsh chemicals going into the ground by using pickle juice instead of weed killer!

Shine Your Copper Pans

Time needed: 15 minutes

How to do this: got copper pans that you don’t know how to clean? Pickle juice is your friend! All you need to do is get your leftover pickle juice and add it into a big bowl.

Soak your copper pans in the bowl for around 15 minutes, then carefully wipe everything away.

Those pans will be so clean that your guests will probably think they’re brand new (if they ignore the dents). 

Why we like this use for pickle juice: pickle juice is cheaper than a lot of professional cleaning or brass supplies.

Why wouldn’t you want to save money and time? Pickle juice is the perfect thing to try if you’re looking to get easy and effective results. 

Clean All Your Worktops

Time needed: 5 minutes

How to do this: pickle juice is a great tool for cleaning, and it works on counter tops too! In fact, a lot of chefs even use pickle juice to keep their work surfaces clean.

It’s affordable and super easy to use. All you need to do is get your pickle juice, and use it to wipe all work surfaces down! After that, just wipe the surfaces down with a clean cloth and rinse it with clean water.

You will get commercial-grade cleaning for super cheap.

Why we like this use for pickle juice: once again, cleaning products can be expensive and harmful!

By using pickle juice, you aren’t using any of these awful chemicals, so you can live your life feeling a little less guilty. Not to mention, this juice just works really well. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Pickle Juice Good For You?

Yes! Pickle juice is full of probiotics, which is great for our bodies.

What Can You Do With Leftover Pickle Juice?

You can use leftover pickle juice in cooking or even cleaning! You can use it to pickle other foods, add it to recipes, or even as a marinade.

Can You Use Leftover Pickle Juice To Pickle Other Food?

Yes! You can pickle eggs, onions, and lots of other things. Just be sure to allow the food to pickle for at least 24 hours before eating it.

Is Drinking Pickle Juice Bad For You?

Only if you drink too much of it. Drinking too much pickle juice has been linked to elevated blood pressure, bloating, and abdominal pain. It might even be linked to kidney damage, but more research is needed.

How Much Pickle Juice Should You Drink Every Day?

It’s recommended to drink between 1.5-3 oz of pickle daily. This includes whether you’re drinking it as is, or adding it to something else.

What You Can Do With Leftover Pickle Juice - 15 Easy Options

How To Use Leftover Pickle Juice In Deviled Eggs

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

Leftover pickle juice is the ideal addition to deviled eggs. Just stir in a little bit of the juice into the mashed egg yolks or sprinkle some juice over the finished deviled eggs. It gives your dish this extra vinegar kick.

Materials

  • Leftover pickle juice
  • Eggs

Tools

  • Spoon

Instructions

  1. Make deviled eggs as normal: Follow your favorite deviled eggs recipe. First, hard boil some eggs. Then slice them into half and mash up the egg yolks.
  2. Add pickle juice: Once you mashed up your cooked egg yolks, spoon some of the pickle juice into the mixture.
  3. Sprinkle pickle juice over deviled eggs: You can also sprinkle a little bit of the leftover pickle juice over your finished deviled eggs.
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