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Benefits of Pickle Juice

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 06, 2012 at 3:09 AM

I have some cucumbers fermenting and wondering if the leftover juice has any health benefits? Will the bacteria in the liquid have a probiotic effect similar to kefir? Also does the bacteria in the pickles have any noticeable probiotic effect anyways?

For anyone who likes pickles, these are really easy and cheap to make. You just have to wait several days before enjoying.

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on March 06, 2012
at 05:55 PM

I used the recipe located here: http://paleodietlifestyle.com/fermented-food-recipes/#s4 Although I didn't have dill and added some other spices.

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on March 06, 2012
at 02:38 PM

Post your recipe for pickles. I would love to know your way of doing it.

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at 02:09 PM

Drank some of the juice this morning. Damn, it's good. It seems slightly carbonated. Much better than an alcoholic cocktail.

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on March 06, 2012
at 03:14 AM

I guess pickle juice is often a replacer for Gatorade/Powerade- for paleo people looking for electrolytes. I think that's for vinegar pickles though... are yours lacto-fermented? Maybe wouldn't work the same way... thoughts anyone?

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on March 06, 2012
at 04:28 PM

No only is it rich in beneficial bacteria, it tastes like the pickles that fermented in it, and it is really good for your skin(applied topically)! A friend of mine who owns a sauerkraut business locally sells the brine in pint jars for nearly as much as the veggies, so drink up! In my experience though, it's good to go slowly at first, especially if you are not used to a lot of fermented foods. One can easily overdo it and cause some intestinal distress. Build slowly up to drinking a whole glass.

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on March 06, 2012
at 03:49 AM

i don't know, but: my great grandmother who lived to be 102 made her own pickles from the cucumbers in her garden and drank the brine like they were cocktails. every night.

that alone makes me want to take up a pickle juice habit.

1ab7ccb9520dddd0777db88e74ca0bed

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on March 06, 2012
at 02:09 PM

Drank some of the juice this morning. Damn, it's good. It seems slightly carbonated. Much better than an alcoholic cocktail.

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on March 06, 2012
at 03:27 AM

In my culture pickle juice is used as a remedy for hangovers. Most guys drink it for breakfast "the morning after". They would kill you if you threw any of it away - it is like priceless.

Also, you can add it to soups - it makes the flavor more acidic.

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on March 06, 2012
at 03:32 AM

Yes, it holds much of the microbes that fermented your cucumbers. The juice is a terrific tonic. Enjoy. Don't cook it unless your just adding it to a dish for flavor :)

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on August 12, 2012
at 05:01 PM

Pickle juice cures muscle cramps and is used by many athletes due to its restoration of electrolytes lost during work outs.

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on August 12, 2012
at 05:15 PM

I been ashamed that I do this, so glad to know I'm not alone!

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