Clone Your Favorite Store-Bought Pickles For Under A Dollar

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by Leif Starbuck

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
   1 cucumber
   2 cloves garlic (optional)

Step 1: Reserve your pickle juice.

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My favorite brand of store-bought pickles is Claussen. The juice is almost good enough to drink -- an option I gave into on a couple occasions when pouring it down the drain just didn't seem right. So, for this tutorial, reserve as much as possible, as there's a lot of flavor still in there after the pickles are gone.
TabiC3 months ago
I use the left over pickle juice as a salad dressing- add oil and parsley for an awesome oil and vinegar dressing.
TFS Jake7 months ago

I just did this. I can't stand the suspense!

jesucka874 years ago
This looks good. I've used brine for tartar sauce.
You are a genius! I have but one recommendation: use official "Pickling Salt" instead of 'seasoning salt'. It's very cheap and you can get it year round at your local Walmart.
jjewels1194 years ago
I've done this without adding anything to the existing pickle juice, and it still turns out pretty good. I'll have to give this a try.
ladylissa4 years ago
i enjoy a sip of pickle juice from time to time and it's great!
vandal11385 years ago
You know, I've had the same thoughts as i'm dumping the brin down the sink..... 1st thought: These pickles are so good i should drink this... 2nd thought: Could i make more pickles with this and would they be as good? 3rd thought: Drinking this was a bad idea....