Pickle juice just may be your fridge’s best kept secret. It is good for just about anything you can think of, even a natural (and cheap!) weed killer! Here’s a list of 17 creative uses for pickle juice by Refinery 29. Who knew that leftover green juice could be so versatile? Use it as a workout-booster, hangover cure and even a household cleaner.
1. Hangover cure: If you can stomach it on a hungover tummy, pickle juice is a known folk remedy that actually works. It replenishes your depleted sodium levels and helps to assist in rehydration. In many countries, people even take a shot of pickle juice before going out to help prevent dehydration in the first place.
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2. Post-workout drink: Forget coconut water. Athletes swear by pickle juice’s scientifically proven benefits to exercise recovery. In one 2010 study, pickle juice halted post-workout muscle cramps in 85 seconds. That, plus its electrolyte-restoring powers has even yielded Pickle Juice Sport — a dill-flavored sports drink. But really, most athletes stick to good old Vlasic®!
3. PMS remedy: For those same reasons, pickle juice is widely used as a cure for menstrual cramps. It may also prevent you from eating four bags of potato chips in one day. Not that we ever did that. That was a friend.
4. Potato pick-me-up: Add a heavy splash of pickle juice to a pot of simple boiled potatoes for a fantastic side dish. The flavors absorb so perfectly you won’t want to add salt, butter, sour cream, or anything to these taters once you’re done. Making potato salad? Skip the mayo, and toss with veggies and pickle juice for a much healthier (and more flavorful) version.
5. Vinegar replacement: Pickle juice works in place of vinegar in salad dressing, soups, or virtually any recipe. It is essentially vinegar on steroids.
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6. Heartburn cure: Along with its flavor-boosting benefits, pickle juice seems to have the same health effects as straight-up vinegar. Particularly effective as a heartburn soother, pickle juice may also help to avoid blood-sugar spikes if taken with a meal.
7. Cleaning agent: Food industry insiders have been using pickle juice to clear blackened copper pans for years. It also works well as a grill cleaner, making those charred, crusted-on bits much easier to scrape off.
8. Dill pickle bread: Make this. Make it now.
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