Monday, July 18, 2011

More Good Uses for Pickle Juice

I've always finished the pickles and poured the pickle juice down the drain.

I didn't know there could be other purposes for pickle juice.

Then, in the same weekend, I learned there are two new uses for the juice.

It's amazing!

First, and really the only legitimate use for the leftover pickle juice, is to use it to thin out mustard.  You know, when you get towards the end of the bottle of mustard and it's hard to get any out.  That's when you put in a little bit of pickle juice to help!

Really!  That's pretty cool!  I didn't know you could dilute mustard with pickle juice!

I asked my friend how she knew that! 

"I used to work at Dairy Queen.  That's what we always did!"

Well!  If it's good enough for "The Dairy Queen" then it's good enough for me!

The second use for pickle juice was told to my little cherub by our dear family friend.  This is what she used to do when she was a little kid.  To quote her, "It was a real treat!" 

Really!

Take your glass and dip it in the pickle juice and dip it in salt.

You see where this is going, don't you!

Pour a bit of the pickle juice in the glass.  For a "real treat" you can add a squirt of lemon juice.

Really!

Drink up!

"It's delish!"

Really!

I'm thinking, that was WAY BACK when my friend was young -- we've come a long way -- and drinking pickle juice isn't really an option!

But guess who likes this new drink concoction?

That's right!  My cherub -- wearing the red bandana!



OK -- so after this post, a friend of mine wrote to me, sharing more uses for left-over pickle juice! 

Who knew!

With bread and butter pickle juice, you add canned beets (drained) and let them marinate!  Yum!  (Seriously, NO!)  But her mother in law does this!

Also, to left over regular pickle juice, she adds baby carrots and cucumbers and let those marinate until ready to enjoy. 

You might wonder who you know when they're "ready?"  I'm not sure -- maybe when they taste "pickly!"

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