Uses for Leftover Brine

chips2Just picked the last pickle out of the jar? Don’t toss it out, save the liquid! If you aren’t using your leftover brine, you are missing out on some tasty ways to enjoy our pickles! Get more out of your jar with these suggestions:

– Marinade: pickle juice is a great tenderizer for pork, beef and other meats. Combine 1 cup pickle juice, 1/4 cup olive oil, fresh garlic and herb of your choice and marinade overnight.

– Add to your store bought BBQ sauce to add a delightful tanginess and unique flavor.

– Pickled Eggs: add hardboiled eggs straight to the jar and let sit for 1 week

– Slip sliced onions into a jar of Hot Mama pickle juice and let sit for a week. The “pickled” onions liven up salads, sandwiches, and hamburgers.

– Add LGP pickle juice to kick up your traditional potato salad, egg salad, tuna fish, or macaroni salad.

– Add pickle brine to water when boiling potatoes to add flavor.

– Replace liquid in bread with Pickle Juice to make Pickle Bread

– Marinate or poach halibut and serve with tartar sauce mixed with Hot Mama or Mrs. Pickles brine.

– Make a salad dressing.

– Add watermelon rinds to Mrs. Pickles brine to make pickled watermelon.

– Add beets to Hot Mama brine for sweet and spicy pickled beets.

– Mix with beef broth for korean style cold noodles.

– For a version of macaroni and cheese that’s definitely not like Grandma’s, blend 1/2 cup milk, 1/4 cup LGP pickle juice and 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard; pour over 4 cups cooked elbow macaroni in casserole dish. Stir in 2 cups shredded cheese, top with bread crumbs and bake until bubbly. Add chopped Hot Mama’s on top.

– Gazpacho, a cold summer soup that makes the most of garden veggies, is a refreshing start to any meal. In a blender or food processor, puree tomatoes, onions, green pepper, and cucumbers or zucchini. Thin with a little tomato juice and add Hot Mama pickle juice to taste for a tangy zip.

– Add shredded carrots to Hot Mama brine. Great to add to salads, spring rolls and more!

– Add bologna to juice to make pickled bologna

– “Picklesicles” make a unique summer treat.

What do you do with your brine?