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Uses for Pickle Juice

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Uses for Pickle Juice

Before you pour that pickle juice down the drain, consider that there are ways to use it. This is a guide about uses for pickle juice.


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Tip: Pickle Juice for Sore Throat

When your kids have a sore throat and they don't want medicine, try having them gargle with pickle juice. They get the salt and vinegar in one go, and the kids usually love pickles.

I thought of this when the kids had sore throats, and they didn't want to gargle the hot/warm salty water that's the old standby. I have 3 kids, now ages 20, 18, and 17. They all loved pickles so it worked like a charm. I poured the juice into a small cup and told them to gargle as they sip on the juice. They usually drank it up any way, so I'd have to hide some for when just such a time came - LOL!

By susanv from Vernon, AL

Recipe: Fried Chicken Baked in Dill Pickle Juice

I never knew what to do about all that tasty dill pickle juice after the pickles were gone. I did some searching on the internet and found this. People thought I was nuts, until they tried it. I get frequent requests for this dish now. It has a unique taste that is impossible not to enjoy (if you enjoy dill pickles). It even tastes great cold. Great for a picnic and is what I'll be making for our Canada Day picnic.


  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 broiler-fryer chicken, cut into pieces
  • oil (for frying)
  • dill pickle juice


Dip pieces of chicken in milk and then into the flour mixture.

In a frying pan, cook chicken in oil just long enough to brown the crust. Drain on paper towels.

Place pieces in a 9x13 inch pan or glass casserole dish.

Pour dill pickle juice half way up chicken.

Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees F for 1 1/2 hours, basting occasionally. Turn chicken over after 65 to 70 minutes and continue cooking, uncovered.

The juice will be absorbed.

Servings: 4-6
Time:5 Minutes Preparation Time
1 3/4 Hours Cooking Time


By sooz from Toronto, ON

Tip: Pickle Popsicles

These popsicles are made from pickle juice. My grandkids love them. Pour the pickle juice in Popsicle molds, and freeze. The kids love them, and even my pregnant niece loves them.

Source: They sell them at my grandson's T-ball games.

By branbrumom from Vian, OK

Tip: Marinate New Veggies In Leftover Pickle Juice

I recently got a huge jar of pickles for under a dollar due to overstocking. My aunt always did this with her pickle juice, and I plan to do the same: Once all of the pickles have been eaten from your jar, save the pickle juice.

Buy a cucumber, slice into wedges or thin slices, and put into your old jar of pickling juices for 5-7 days. Now you have ANOTHER cheap jar of pickles, for only the cost of one little old cucumber!

By AlaskanAurora from Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Tip: Using Pickle Juice

Use up pickle juice by adding mayonnaise, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper until it is the consistency and flavor you prefer. Adding pickle juice with spices to sour cream makes a tasty dip for veggies too.

By fossil1955 from Cortez, CO

Tip: Use Pickle Juice as Laxative

Drink a full glass of pickle juice leftover from when you run out of pickles or if you have more juice than the pickles for a good laxative.

By lotsofmarigolds from Angier, NC

Recipe: Stovetop Chicken and Potatoes in Pickle Juice

Not long ago someone here asked for ideas to use pickle juice. The question definitely got me thinking ;) I found one chicken recipe at Allrecipes but didn't like a few of the ingredients so here's my tweak on it.


  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 3 potatoes, quartered
  • 1 cup dill pickles, thickly sliced
  • 1/2 cup celery, thickly sliced
  • 1/2 cup pickle juice


Place the flour on a plate or in a shallow dish and season with the salt and pepper. Dredge the chicken in the flour. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high. Cook the chicken in the hot oil until golden, about 3 minutes. Flip chicken and brown on the other side for about 3 more minutes. Pour in the chicken broth.

Stir in the potatoes, pickles, celery and pickle juice. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook about 40 minutes or when a meat thermometer inserted in the chicken reads 165 degrees F.

By Deeli from Richland, WA

Tip: Pickle Juice for Prettier Hydrangeas

My dad puts dill pickle juice on his hydrangea roots to make them turn purple and pink instead of just white. They are very pretty.

    By Teresa L. [1]

    Tip: Add Pickle Juice To Hash

    I made my usual unimpressive corned beef hash (leftover corned beef, diced and pan sauteed onions and cubed potatoes). On a whim, I added a couple of splashes of pickle juice at the very end. Wow! What an improvement!

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    Here are questions related to Uses for Pickle Juice.

    Question: Pickle Juice for Dogs?

    Is the pickle juice from pickles good for a puppy? Also, what can a dog eat and not eat? I am taking care of my sisters dog and I need to know this stuff!

    rhindy from Hartford, NY


    Most Recent Answer

    By Ken (Guest Post)05/11/2008

    I'm not sure, but I love pickles, and my girlfriend's dog thinks `Everything is good for DOGGIES!" I think it'd be okay to give pickles to dogs, unless the vinegar is bad for them. Vinegar is usually made from grapes, which are poisonous to dogs. I heard that grape extract might be okay, but I'm still looking. As for why I'd give him pickles, well, he wants to eat everything, and I don't mind sharing, unless it's dangerous.

    Editor's Note: Distilled white vinegar, which is usually the type of vinegar used in mass produced pickles, is made like grain alcohol. Apple cider vinegar is also sometimes uses, and is usually made from apples (but sometimes is distilled white vinegar with apple flavoring). The only vinegar made from grapes would be red or white "wine" vinegar.

    Question: Uses for Pickle Juice

    What uses does pickle juice have?

    By Sue


    Most Recent Answer

    By Litter Gitter [115]01/23/2012

    We like sweet pickle juice on our turnip salad. I also use it when making deviled eggs and potato salad.


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    Archive: Reusing Zesty Pickle Juice

    I like the expensive zesty pickles, so when the jar is empty I refill it with store brand dill pickles and get a flavor close to the originals.

    By Lynn

    RE: Reusing Zesty Pickle Juice

    Another thing you could to with the juice is put in other vegetables, such as cauliflower, carrots, onion slices to pickle them. Also you could pickle hard cooked eggs. (12/05/2004)

    By eve w

    RE: Reusing Zesty Pickle Juice

    For pickling boiled eggs I like to use a combination of juice from pickles and from hot pickled sausages, such as Penrose. Also, okra pickles up very well, as does any kind of pepper. I just love that kind of stuff! (12/08/2004)

    By Alph

    Archive: Reusing Pickle Juice

    When you eat all the pickled peaches from the jar, pour the juice off a can of regular peaches, put them in the jar, tighten the lid and refrigerate them for several days before eating. Do the same with left over sweet pickle juice and put canned beets in them. Put boiled eggs in dill pickle juice.

    Source: This is just tips that have been passed down through the family.

    By BJ from Mid MO

    RE: Reusing Pickle Juice

    We always dropped all kinds of veggies in our pickle jars. Love onion that way. My kids always liked broccoli and cauliflower soaked in the pickle juice. Thankfully I only had one out of five that was a picky eater. All the rest of them loved most vegetables and meat. (02/26/2009)

    By CindyM56

    RE: Reusing Pickle Juice

    I save the juice from sweet pickles to add to salad dressing to make a fast cole slaw dressing. By the way, I always buy my sweet pickles at the Dollar store, $1.00 vs @2.50 in grocery store. (02/27/2009)

    By WIsgal

    RE: Reusing Pickle Juice

    We all think of the great uses of the pickle juice to pickle other veggies and things. But, did you know you can use the pickle juice to also settle an upset tummy. In a small container, save some of the juice for "medicinal" purposes. You will be happy you did.

    Try making pickled watermelon rind. Take off the skin, and then drop the pieces into some pickle juice. You can also come up with a great pickling juice of your very own for this one. (03/02/2009)

    By TxBluEyes

    Archive: Reusing Pickle Juice

    What other recipes or uses for pickle juice are there?

    By jamish

    RE: Reusing Pickle Juice

    My husband likes peeled boiled eggs marinated in it for a while (yuck!), but I like any cut veggie, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, beets, onions, celery, etc, even add black pepper and garlic to help flavor it a bit, then you can either eat off and on, or drain and have a great salad with a meal. (07/15/2009)

    By fatboyslimsmom

    RE: Reusing Pickle Juice

    My father-in-law adds garlic, Mrs. Dash; whatever spices you like and he uses it to baste ribs on the grill. It's good! (07/15/2009)

    By kghsave

    RE: Reusing Pickle Juice

    My mom used to put pearl onions in the leftover juice and let sit in the fridge for a while (how long I don't remember). I don't buy pickles because of the sodium levels but I recall them being pretty tasty. (07/15/2009)

    By COflower

    RE: Reusing Pickle Juice

    I use pickle juice to let down mayo when making coleslaw. It adds a very nice flavor! (07/15/2009)

    By tresenm

    RE: Reusing Pickle Juice

    I have never tried this but read about it. Freeze the juice to be used as ice pops. If any one has tried this, could you give us your opinion about it? Thanks. (07/16/2009)

    By mkymlp

    RE: Reusing Pickle Juice

    I make my cole slaw with pickle juice. I put cabbage, cut up tomatoes, cut up pickles, add mayo, salt and pepper, pickle juice. From my grandmother. (07/16/2009)

    By MomSc2002

    RE: Reusing Pickle Juice

    Use pickle juice as the acid in a marinade for meat. Pickle juice, garlic, pepper, mustard mix to a thin paste, brush on meat. Leave for an hour up to overnight Cook as you like BBQ, or broil. Works well for tougher cuts or wild meat. Sweet pickle juice will make a sweet flavor and works well on chicken (07/16/2009)

    By Lazateda

    RE: Reusing Pickle Juice

    I slice up hot peppers and put in the pickle juice. My husband likes to put these on sandwiches. Just remember to wear some rubber gloves when slicing, especially if the peppers are very hot. (07/20/2009)

    By K Kwaak

    RE: Reusing Pickle Juice

    You can use it to pickle beets and eggs. (07/22/2009)

    By marymargaret

    RE: Reusing Pickle Juice

    You could add it to a Bloody or Virgin Mary drink. (08/18/2009)