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Drink Up That Pickle Juice


Is it possible that our little Snookie of Jersey Shore is missing the best part of her pickles? The pickle juice! Now granted, pickles themselves are tasy and delicious and wonderfully healthy, when fermented in a traditional method- the juice is certainly worth a squeeze.

As I continue to evolve my own diet to get more adventurous (or perhaps more odd by conventional standards), I am bringing you along with me.

So here’s the deal on pickle juice. It’s good for you. Really good. Athletes have been on to it for some time as an alternative to sports drinks. The high mineral content is great for providing the body post work out electrolytes which help ward off muscle cramping. Additionally, the probiotics in the lactic acid fermentation process of pickles will help feed the good guys in our gut. This lends itself to boosting digestive function, and supporting immune health. Raw foodists have known the goods on pickle juice for ages, now it’s time to join the pickle juice party.

And I kind of just like saying pickle juice. Makes me laugh in the same way ‘nut sack’ (as opposed to nut milk bag) does.

My Fave Ways To Have Pickle Juice

  • A few ounces post high intensity exercise to replenish electrolytes
  • Mix in to salads, egg salad, bean/sweet potato salads or anywhere that pickles might go
  • Mix a few spoonfuls into yogurt (goat, sheep or even vegan sesame) to make an awesome chip or veggie dip
  • Add to marinades for fish, tempeh, chicken or whatever you might be marinating
  • Use in place of vinegar in your favourite salad dressings

And for those of you martini drinkers, you can also use pickle juice in place of olive juice if you make it dirty.

Question Of The Day: What is a food you eat, that you think everyone else might or does think is grossitating? No judgement here!

And if you are wondering, that video was shot a few weeks ago. My finger is mostly healed up. The estimate was a month. I did it in ten days- cheers to great nutrition!

26 Responses to “Drink Up That Pickle Juice”

  1. Do you think the high salt content of conventional pickle would be a detriment to its health benefits, seeing as so many of us get too much salt as it is?
    • It's about the quality of the sea salt. Himalayan, or even celtic sea salt compared with table salt is like comparing raw goat milk cheese with kraft single slices if you know what I am saying. High quality salt and clean water are pretty much what we're made of... like the ocean.
  2. Odelia said… September 30, 2010
    I was made fun of to no end for eating beets ("Ewww, they taste like dirt!"), um I also have a thing for sardines and mouthfuls of dry raw oatmeal. My mom served a lot of health foods in the '80s like tofu, weird grain breads, and soy milk that are totally mainstream today, but at the time, I was embarrassed to invite friends over. My dad bought special "normal" cookies and snacks to preserve my reputation! (My mom often found them and threw them out anyway). Funny that today I'm probably worse than my mom!
    • I ate dry oatmeal as a kid at summer camp. Turns out it wasn't the oatmeal I hated but the gross peach and maple flavours added to it. And yep- I too think beets taste like dirt, but that's kind of why I like them!
  3. Metta said… September 30, 2010
    I don't eat pickles, but I imagine the same results could be had from lacto-fermented saurkraut juice - yes? I typically use it in place of vinegar. I don't think there is anything in particular that I eat that others say is gross, they just think my food smells awful. I cook with a lot of "Indian" spices, and for some reason that smell I love seems to be very off-putting to the people I know.
  4. Hm.. people don't drink the juice.. new to me! ;) I love pickles (raw, fermented of course) I'll drink that juice with a straw!
  5. Kelly Calisto said… September 30, 2010
    hahah when I was little I used to beg my mom to let me drink the pickle juice and she wouldn't let me. As I got older I started drinking it anyway, so good. Then once I got to college I found that the morning after drinking (too much) nothing made me feel better than drinking the juice out of the pickle jar! Granted this was store bought pickles and probably lacked a lot of the health benefits but at least a bought the good kosher dill refrigerated ones instead of the nasty bright green shelf variety.
  6. Erika said… September 30, 2010
    Woohoo pickle juice! Personally, I loooove drinking the juice out of olive jars! I also like to drink balsamic vinegar straight out of the bottle. Sometimes I crave it! One of the habits a lot of my friends think is weird is my propensity for having steamed broccoli for breakfast. I find that it's a great way to start the day - lots of great properties, fiber, and it's GREEN! Also goes great with eggs, if that's your thing (it's mine). I've actually become a bit notorious for my broccoli habits; I've been known to eat several heads of it over the course of a morning!
  7. My mum has always drunk sauerkraut juice, much for the same reasons. She prefers it with a dash of beet juice for a lovely liver ruby drink. Much to my delight (horror?) I have recently acquired the taste for this "cocktail" as well. I recommend you try it! Knocks the dirt right outta beets ;) Ps. I've been seeing this recipe around the blog scene lately where you roast potatoes after marinating them in white vinegar, and have not tried it because white vinegar is a cleaning product in my house, but maybe pickle juice would be a better alternative? I'm guessing the roasting would kill all the good probiotics though, right? But still tasty. Like dill pickle chips, without the poison :)
  8. Sarah said… September 30, 2010
    So, I totally don't count towards the tally because I'm pregnacious, but I absolutely love pickle juice!
  9. I have been making Lacto fermented pickles and Sauerkraut for a few years now and I love it. I had to stop using whey when I found out I had a dairy allergy but once I got used to the extra saltiness I still love my pickles. The best LF food for a beginner is salsa I find. Everyone loves it and no-one knows it's even lacto fermented
  10. Susheela said… October 1, 2010
    I LOVE drinking pickle juice! I save it and use as salad dressing, adding a little olive oil, mixing with some kalamata (sp?) olive juice. Do you have a easy refrigerator pickle recipe Meghan?
  11. Jennifer R. said… October 1, 2010
    I took my youngest 2 kids to an event at their school tonight -- fruit and vegetable bingo. They had fun, but of course, there was no jicama, brussels sprouts, okra, or kale to be called out. When I told the mom across from me what vegetables we had for dinner tonight, I think she was quite shocked -- brussels sprouts, beets, and yams (roasted -- oh so delicious!). Oh, and the rest of the people there -- ate pizza at the school for dinner!
  12. [...] immobilize sperm in the laboratory. And perhaps, we might even have a new use for our lactic acid fermented pickle juice. Lactic acid preparations have also been shown to have some spermicidal effect, and commercial [...]
  13. [...] And remember that time you told me I was gross for drinking the pickle juice? [...]
  14. Mary said… June 10, 2014
    When I was a kid we always took the pickle juice and froze it in the freezer. It was delicious, eating it frozen. It's like a pickle Popsicle. Also, my great aunt taught us to thin the mayo in tuna or chicken salad, you mix some pickle juice and mayo Ina bowl, and then put it in the chicken or tuna recipe.
  15. Autumn Greene said… June 13, 2014
    I have been drinking the pickle juice from my pickles ever since I was little. lol I just love the way it tastes!!!
  16. Leah said… June 16, 2014
    Ever since I was a little girl I have been drinking pickle juice straight out of the jar. About 5 years ago I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. When I have a flare-up I stock the fridge with a HUGE jar of pickles and start drinking. This alleviates muscle spasms I get from dehydration. Also like you added above, replenishes the electrolyte loss from extreme diarrhea. Too funny on the good bacteria in your gut, because I just recently read an article on the fermented foods carrying the good bacteria. People with Crohn's are missing the good bacteria.
  17. Leah said… June 16, 2014
    I just read the section "About Meghan" and see that you too were diagnosed with Crohn's. I have found my own way through the diet issue. After looking at a bunch of information, about 18 months ago I went with the JJ Virgin Diet. It's been very helpful. My biggest complaint is with medical doctor's, they do not teach nutrition. I am very happy you were able to find your way to help yourself and others. Good Luck!
  18. Jason said… August 15, 2014
    I have been a football referee in Houston Texas for 14 years. Towards the end of summer it is still blistering hot and chasing around teens on the football where the temps exceed 110 degrees on the field I have a two full cups of pickle juice at half time to replenish and 4 cups after the game. I feel right as rain the next morning while my fellow officials are dehydrated and wore out. One day they will learn from us, the smart ones. I call my pickle shots, Picklers. LOL!!!
  19. Musette said… November 11, 2014
    As an older person I value pickles for this reason: pain relief for stiff knees. Ingesting either 1 pickle or some of the juice = in 20 minutes roughly = pain relief as good as over the counter aspirin etc, without side effects. I alternate with bananas one day (the magnesium soothes stiff knees) and pickles the next day (again, magnesium....). This isn't medical advice. No. Just a passing on what I've found to work well for myself over time.
  20. Margie Semon said… January 20, 2016
    I drink dill pickle juice and also eat sauerkraut which I love. Can anyone tell me if the Bread and Butter pickles do the same as the Dill ones for muscle cramps? Thanks...

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