Don’t Toss the Pickle Juice

If your family likes pickles, you may be wondering what to do with all the leftover pickle juice. Sweet pickles are particularly expensive, so why not make your own? Prefer dill? Use the leftover juice from those instead.

  • In season, cucumbers can be purchased very inexpensively, or you can even grow your own salad cucumbers. Slice them up, add to the leftover pickle juice, and within a few days, you’ll have another supply of pickles.
  • Why stick just to cucumbers? You could also do the same with other vegetables such as cauliflower, beets, asparagus, carrots or green beans.
  • Whether you like a tangy salad dressing or a sweeter one, you can make it go further by adding a little sweet or dill pickle juice. It works especially well on coleslaw.
  • When preparing tuna fish or egg salad sandwiches, add a little zing by mixing a small amount of leftover juice in with the mayonnaise.
  • Potato or macaroni salads will also be improved by pickle juice.
  • Try it in a marinade for meat or roast vegetables.
  • Homemade tartar sauce is even better with a little added pickle juice.
  • Deviled eggs can also be perked up by stirring some leftover juice into the mayonnaise.