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15 Unexpected uses for pickle juice worth knowing
I didn't think pickles could get any better. I was wrong.
Ian Carey
03.25.21

Pickle juice is far more useful than you think. There are several uses for it that you likely haven’t considered before. We’ve compiled 15 of the best pickle juice hacks that you’ll love.

An all-natural sports drink.

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Pickle juice, while perhaps not as tasty as Gatoradeis filled with electrolytes just like sports drinks are. They don’t have nearly the same amount of sugar either.

Heartburn relief.

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Pickle juice is sometimes great for heartburn and sometimes not. It’s very dependant on the person. It contains vinegar which some say is great for heartburn but others say can increase it. It just depends on your stomach’s acid content. It’s a little like apple cider-vinegar in this regard.

Hiccups remedy.

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Got the hiccups? Pickle juice can help, although it will then make your breath and burps smell like pickles.

Put on potato salad.

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If you are feeling as though your potato salad is lacking a little pizzaz, pickle juice might be the missing ingredient. Dash some pickle juice on that potato salad and go on a taste adventure!

Mix with olive oil for all new condiment.

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Try mixing olive oil with pickle juice and keeping it in a jar. If you find yourself with a bland tasting sandwich, give it a boost with pickle juice!

Cocktail booster.

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Some people have tried pickle juice in cocktails with good success. After 7-8 of them you hardly even taste the pickles anymore.

Pickle eggs.

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Pickle juice can be used to pickle and add flavor to hard-boiled eggs. It’s also a great way to make a gross meal just that little bit more disgusting.

Cure for a hangover.

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Pickle juice is great for a hangover in the same way Gatorade is. It can help to hydrate you by restoring electrolytes.

Marinate soft cheeses.

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To spice up your cheese game, you can try marinating soft cheeses in pickle juice. This will add some additional flavor.

Leg cramp remedy.

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Some runners seem to swear by pickle juice as a cure for leg cramps. Again, this comes down to hydration and pickle juice is very beneficial for this.

To steam or boil vegetables.

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Steam or boil some of your favorite veggies with pickle juice. It’s a great way to add some taste to items you feel are a little too bland.

Flower fuel!

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Many flowers need acidic substances to survive and pickle juice can really aide in this. Sprinkle some pickle juice in your garden to help flowers like hydrangea and rhododendron grow as efficiently as possible. Feed your flowers pickle juice for a lush home garden!

Add to meat or tofu.

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Pickle juice can be added to meat or meat substitutes for flavor. This is particularly the case for meat alternatives such as tofu or seitan, which can often need a little flavor booster. Try adding some pickle juice when cooking meat or plant-based meat alternatives for added zest.

As salad dressing.

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Pickle juice makes a fantastic and healthy salad dressing! Poor that stuff over your leafy greens and have yourself a healthy lunch.

Pickle more stuff!

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The best way to reuse your leftover pickle juice is to pickle more food with it! Cucumbers, sauerkraut, onions, garlic and more can all be pickled with your leftover pickle juice.

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