Scores of San Antonians know this: When the heat goes up, a continuous eating plan of pickles is sure to stick to.
Gracing a butcher paper-lined tray of smoky brisket, stuffed into a foam cup and doused with chamoy or merely wolfed down by the fistful with the fridge door nevertheless open — nobody judges how you take in all those crunchy cukes in this metropolis.
But all that pickle consumption leaves driving a good deal of empty jars. Well, almost empty, that is.
Pickle juice a lot more usually than not gets poured down the drain. And that is gallons of a culinary key weapon that will by no means get used to its full possible. No matter whether sour, dill or sweet, that juice is gold and here’s what to do with it.
Potentially earlier mentioned all else, leftover pickle juice is perfect for producing much more pickles. And if you do it appropriate, you are cutting down on your squander stream significantly.
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Just pour the leftover pickle juice into a pan and convey it to a boil for a moment or so and then remove the pan from the warmth. Meanwhile, give the jar and lid a thorough washing and things it with clean veggies. You can use cucumbers, inexperienced beans, okra, kale stems or just about any fairly tender veggie you like.
Once the jar is stuffed, pour the hot pickle juice over the veg. If there isn’t ample juice to address them all, just prime the jar off with white vinegar. Spot the lid on, conceal the jar in the back again of the fridge for a couple days, then nosh absent.
Brine your meat
Pickle juice, technically called brine, is also a powerhouse for tenderizing meat. The system of brining meat, or soaking it in a salt water solution ahead of cooking, will help the protein take up dampness and breaks down difficult muscle mass ensuing in a juicer, additional tender pork chop, rooster breast or other slash. Acidic vinegar in pickle brine, which also includes a fantastic little bit of salt, provides to the outcome.
A pair hours in advance of you hearth up the grill, things your chops or hen into a huge resealable plastic bag. Pour in ample pickle juice to keep everything rather damp, seal the bag and place it in a dish huge enough to contain the chaos must the bag spring a leak. Set that in the fridge for one to two hrs, drain the meat and pat it dry, then get to cooking.
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Do note that if you’re applying pickle juice with a whole lot of turmeric in it, your meat will be stained yellow. Also, if they are sweet pickles, thoughts the warmth as that sugar could caramelize and burn up extra immediately than you are made use of to.
Tart up your ice
Very last up, and potentially the most amusing, is to pour that juice into an ice cube tray and freeze. The tangy ice cubes will perk up many of your preferred summer libations, be it a brunchtime bloody mary, a crisp pickletini or Authentic Dill Cocktail with a grilled steak or an all-in-a single pickleback of whiskey in excess of ice.
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