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Drink Up That Pickle Juice


Now granted, pickles themselves are tasty 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!

36 Responses to “Drink Up That Pickle Juice”

  1. Janice Herren said…
    I have always had a shot or to of pickle juice when ever I start having a sore throat, and it has always helped. I think the viniger and salt help. My children and Grandchildren also know and love this trick.
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      That would likely help numb your throat but the really super powers are likely the probiotic benefit- essential for immune health.
  2. Roger said…
    Finally. After years of being labelled odd by family for my love of pickle juice (since I was a child) the heaven's opened and revealed this bit of truth. Thank you!
  3. Tom said…
    How much pickle juice do you recommend taking?
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Start with a table spoon. Some take up to a shot. It's a personal thing, I think!
  4. Ashley said…
    Do store bought pickles still have probiotics if they've been pasteurized? I know most of the brands in my grocery store are pasteurized.
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      They do not. Pasteurization would kill all bacteria. Bubbie's is a store bought brand to look out for where there is still beneficial bacteria.
  5. Rhianon said…
    Great article! We certainly believe in the power of pickle juice! If you are looking for some pickle juice that still contains live beneficial bacteria, check out We also have an assortment of recipes posted in case you are looking for a great way to spice up your next meal!
  6. ed de la cruz said… February 19, 2017
    i ferment cucumbers to make pickle & i always drink the pickle juice on regular basis but i cant eat the pickle cuz i have no teeth Is it safe to blend the pickles before or after i ferment

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