Thursday, June 23, 2016

Homemade Pickle Juice

Homemade Pickle Juice
(without pickling cucumbers)
This recipe gives the brine a sour dill pickle taste.

Why on Earth would someone want to make the juice without the pickles?
#picklebacks for one thing! And for cramp relief for another.  Ever wake up in the middle of the night with a debilitating Charlie Horse?  Hobble to the kitchen and take a shot of this medicine!  

2 C purified / filtered water
1 C white vinegar (5% acetic acid)
2 T kosher salt
1 T pickling spice

Dash of sugar
Fresh dill sprigs (4) OR 1/2 tsp dried dill weed
Clove of garlic (partially crushed)

Mix all ingredients in a sauce pan, on low to medium heat, stirring constantly to dissolve all salt and sugar. Pickling spice can be added in the pan or in the container. It can be added loose or within a tea ball (for those who like clear pickle juice). Let cool, pour into container and store in the refrigerator.  Gently shake 1 time per day to redistribute herbs and spices if pickling spices are used.

If the resulting mixture is too vinegar-heavy, add more filtered water.
Take 1-4 ounces per day.  If you start to cramp, take a swig and swallow. 1 oz. = a single shot. In my experience, muscle cramping is gone within 30-90 seconds.

A basic pickle brine will include 1 or 2 parts water to 1 part vinegar (the stronger, the faster it will pickle), and about 1 tablespoon of salt per cup of water.

To that you can add any spices you want.  The easiest solution would be to pick up a jar of pickling spices at the grocery store.  Add about 1 tablespoon pickling spice per cup of brine. 


You can make Pink Pickled Eggs by making the above concoction then adding the juice of one 14 ounce can of beets. Put 6-12 cooked and peeled eggs in an extra large jar or container and pour the mixture on them after it cools. Cap off and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


  1. I'm going to try this - I know regular pickle juice has worked - I figure this is worth a try.

  2. Ok I just made this and its a pretty good start. However, in order to get that color to the juice you will need to add a touch of turmeric. I also added chopped garlic, onion powder and a touch of red pepper flakes to bring it up a notch. One of the best brine formulas ive found so far and trust me ive tried several! Good pickling!

  3. How long can you store your pickle creations?

  4. I've been taking a diuretic which has caused me to have extremely debilitating cramps in my hands,arms, neck, ankles, legs, buttocks. Basically, everywhere if I did anything like walk, clean, sit, and my doctor had no answers. A friend of mine gave me CBD ointment and that worked for a little while meaning quick relief but didn't last, and what a waste of time it didn't make me high so I could at least pretend or think in my stupor that I wasn't having these cramps but no luck. My potassium levels were fine and as many of you know you can't take too much potassium otherwise your heart can blow out. I refused pain meds because I hate them and by the time they kicked the 20-30 cramp episode of the night would finally be over. So useless. Finally, my dr. said another patient with the same problem and that he drank pickle juice. Well I'm here to tell you that finally I have some relief I've been sipping on it whenever I feel tightening of the muscles or cramp coming on and it works like magic and if State keeps the cramps at bay. This stuff works and it tastes way better than straight vinegar

  5. This is GOOD. I'm gonna make a sugar free pickle slushee with this. Sonic beware! 😂

  6. Thanks for this recipe!! I made it and poured it into popcicle molds and put the excess in the fridge for fast gulps at night. Hopes this freezes well! Fingers crossed! I also shared the link to this post with my low carb group online!