Eat a lot of store-bought pickles? Read on to find out how, by reusing the pickle brine, you can "clone" your favorite brand of pickles at the cost of around 75 cents a jar.
This recipe makes one jar of pickles. You'll need:
1 ''used" jar of pickles with brine reserved
1 Tbsp white distilled vinegar
1 Tbsp table or kosher salt
2 cloves garlic (optional)
Step 1: Reserve Your Pickle Juice.
Step 2: Add Salt, Distilled Vinegar, and Optional Herbs/spices.
I also added some fresh chopped garlic, which is optional. You could also try adding chili peppers, onions, fresh dill, mustard seed, or maybe even brown sugar. But when cloning, don't splice too many genomes, you could end up with a monster that wheezes "kill me" every thirty seconds.
When that's done, seal the jar and shake it like a Polaroid picture. Make sure all the salt has dissolved into the brine, instead of sitting uselessly at the bottom.
Step 3: Add Cucumber.
Step 4: Refrigerate for a Week or More.
"Cloning" this jar of pickles cost me less than a dollar. Salt and vinegar are some of the cheapest things at the store. Adding fresh ingredients make this a creative -- if not diabolical -- experiment.
How many times can you repeat this? I haven't gotten that far yet, but I imagine the flavors start forgetting their roots about the third or fourth batch.
Please experiment with your favorite brand of pickles and share your results. Enjoy!