Cucumber Relish and Pickles With Left Over Pickle Juice


Here are some good ideas for this pickle juice of yours. But first let me tell you that among the many recipes and other things that you can do with pickle juice it is also good for your health as explained by the hubber Turtlewoman.

Just Ask Susan also explains the many ways you can use it up in your kitchen. But no one remembers that they can actually make their own relish and pickled cabbage with the ready made concoction. I will tell you how.

I am so sorry I don't have my own pictures to show you but the instructions are pretty easy.

How to make the relish from pickle juice



Pickle Juice



Half your cucumbers lengthwise and remove seeds with a small spoon. Place cucumbers in a bowl and sprinkle a generous amount of salt. Cover and place in the refrigerator for two to three hours. Don't worry about the amount of salt. The salt pulls away the water from the cucumbers so they wont be salty at all. You can rinse any excess salt that may remain on cucumbers.

Drain the liquid from the cucumbers. In a saucepan add pickle juice and cucumer. Simmer on low flames for about 20 minutes. Let cool.

Mince your cucumber as finely as possible. For a finer more mushy relish, use a food processor. Add a little of the pickle juice when processing for a nice flavour and texture.

Relish Tips:

  • add onions
  • add apples
  • add hot pepper
  • add sugar for sweet relish
  • add a little salt for salty relish
  • When cooking add more vinegar for a more tangy relish

Now serve up your relish with your home made hot dogs or gourmet burgers!


Pickled cabbage using pickle juice


1/2 medium red cabbage

3 cups pickle juice


sugar (depending on how you want it - will explain)



I like to use red cabbage because it is firmer than what we are accustomed to here.

Cut your cabbage lenghtwise into four pieces or smaller, it's up to you. Leaves may shell off but that is okay. Wash and place in a bowl. Sprinkle a generous amount of salt and let stand in refrigerator for 3 hours.

Drain whatever liquid is in bowl and rinse cabbage in a colander and drain. In a sauce pan, heat pickle juice until very hot. Do not boil. Add cabbage and dill. Cover and let cool then return the cabbage and juice to the jar. Make sure it's very cool before jarring.

If you want a sweeter flavour add some sugar to your pickle juice while still warm. If your pickle juice is losing its flavour add a little more vinegar.

Bonus - make more pickles!

Pickles are very easy to make but many people don't know how the pickles get its crunch. It's pretty simple take away the water from the cucumber. Here is how to make a batch of your own pickles.

Note: if you add plain cut up cucumbers to the pickle juice it may spoil and the cucumber will come out slimy.

First you drain the water from the cucumbers by using salt as in the recipes above. Use a fork to stick the whole cucumbers or halve or quarter them, whatever pleases you.

Next you pour on your salt and let stand for anywhere over two or three hours. You can let them stand overnight too. Rinse away any excess salt and drain.

Heat your pickle juice and add cucumbers. Don't boil. Let cool and then jar your pickles. Add peppers, dill, or any other thing that strikes your fancy.

Young cucumbers work better than old ones.

Dill Pickles from scratch

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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Mmm another for me to bookmark into my Favourite Recipes slot.

Great work and here's to many more.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you Eddy, have a wonderful day!

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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I'll have to admit, I have never made pickles of any kind. These look different and unique. You are right! They are not so hard to make according to this. Voted up and useful!

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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Awesome and voted up and useful, Cardisa! You are the third hub I've seen to answer my pickle juice question. I think it's cool that you linked to TurtleWoman and Just Ask Susan. You all had great answers to my question, and I'm bookmarking this one for the cabbage and dill pickles especially! Great job!

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hazelwood4 4 years ago from Owensboro, Kentucky

Hi Cardisa, this looks like an awesome relish recipe. Here in Kentucky we have a relish recipe that is called Chow Chow. It is wonderful mixed in with beans and cornbread. YUM!! I will be bookmarking this one!

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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Hi Cardisa! I feel bad because I just empty the pickle juice down the sink after I'm done with the pickles! I can make my own relish! How about that. Thanks for another great idea!

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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

I've never made my own relish. I don't think I've ever had pickled cabbage at all, no mater who made it.

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Nare Anthony 4 years ago

Cool! Voted up and awesome!

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Rebecca, pickles aren't hard to make at all, even when making them from scratch. the hardest part is getting the flavour right.

Have a blessed day!

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Victoria, thanks for asking the question. I also realized that your question was asked because you really needed answers. When I realized that no one remembered the cabbage or relish I jumped at the chance. These are things that I have dome before so I know they work.

Have a great day!

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Hazelwood, I love relish. I know many people don't make it themselves and hey don't realize it's just ground up

I would really like to try the Chow Chow.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Bad boy Dexter!

Yes, now you know that you just don't throw out the pickle juice you can put it to good use. Did you know it is also great for your muscles and helps prevent and cure muscle cramps? So from now on you can save your pickle juice for using again.

Have a wonderful day.

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Flora, you can try making the relish. Many people don't like the pickled cabbage but it goes well in some salads.

Have a blessed day!

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you Nare, have a wonderful day!

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DonnaCosmato 4 years ago from USA

Great tips, Cardisa, and a wonderful way to reuse a leftover and save on your food bills. I've never tried the cabbage, but I plan to as soon as we finish this next jar of pickles. You can pickle carrots, too, by the way:)

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jenubouka 4 years ago

One word Cardisa, Ingenious!! My aunt was the queen of all things homemade, right down to the ketchup. I can still remember smelling the tubs of cucumbers pickling in the historical farmhouse and how it still reminds me of home. The recipe and method for using pickle juice and cucumbers is just awesome, I always wondered if there was a way to use up all that pickle juice, and now I am going to try this for sure!

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Donna, you can pickle almost any vegetables. I just completed a pickled Cauliflower recipe for a clients. In Jamaica we like hot pepper pickle with carrots, onions and hot peppers. We use it in fried fish.

Have a wonderful day!

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Jen, how can I tak you serious with that Avatar? ha,ha.

You aunt must have been a great saver. When you make your own stuff you save a bunch of cash. I have done both before and they are great. You won't be able to use the cabbage for a while but the relish is instant.


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jenubouka 4 years ago

He, he, I have been getting quite the kudos for it, I relay that I was gifted the avatar by you...

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Jen, every time I see your avatar I start laughing. I see it beside you onion soup dish and I am like, "will that give you gas?" lol

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savanahl 4 years ago

Reminds me of my childhood. My mom loved to experiment with different things and I can remember her pickling everything or another time when she made homemade pickles. I've never pickled anything myself so these are some great tips. Thanks for sharing.

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Savanahl, I hope you try them. They are pretty easy to do and if you have the pickle juice ready, it's even easier.

Have a wonderful evening and thanks for stopping by.

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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

That cabbage sure looks good. Thanks for the recipes and the link.

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

No problem Susan. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

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jojokaya 4 years ago from USA

Interesting recipes... I love the ideas.

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you Jojokaya. Have a wonderful day!

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

You know over the years I have wondered about using pickle juice. I know you can put boiled eggs in it but this really sounds good. Onion and cucumber would be great I bet. I like the bread and butter pickle and bet that would be good to use. Thanks for the food for thought....and recipes!

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Polly, I have never heard of the bread and butter pickle, what is that? Any way, I have never had pickled eggs but I heard that they were good.

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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Bread and butter are not dill but are sweet but not near as sweet as sweet pickles. They are fantastic on sandwiches or in egg and potato salads,etc.

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

I'll have to check out that one Polly. I hope I get to find it in the stores.

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