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Pickling question

Sal Vanilla | Oct 23, 2010 12:41 PM

I pickled some cucumber for homemade pickles (a la Alton Brown - awesome BTW). I am wondering whether anyone knows whether I can reuse the pickling liquid. I thought I could boil it a few minutes just in case something hinky got in. Anyone done this? It seems wasteful to dump.

Here is the recipe should you want to make them yourself - and so you can see what the juice is comprised of: First of all, here's the recipe:

1/2 onion, sliced thinly
2 medium cucumbers, sliced thinly
1 cup water
1 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup champagne vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon celery seed
1 teaspoon pickling spice
4 whole garlic cloves, smashed


Combine the cucumber and onion slices in a clean spring top jar.

Combine the remaining ingredients, except garlic, in a non-reactive saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for a full 4 minutes to wake up the spice flavors.

Add the garlic cloves to the jar. Slowly and gently pour the pickling liquid over the onion and cucumber slices, filling to the top of the jar.

Cool to room temperature. Top off the jar with any remaining pickling liquid and refrigerate.

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