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Old 07-20-2007, 08:33 PM   #1
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Can Pickle Brine Be Reused?

I made these the other day.

Can the brine be re-used? If so, do I need to boil it or anything? I am thinking that with all that vinegar I could probably use it again, but I don't want to assume that and make a stupid and dangerous mistake. It would just be a shame to throw all of this liquid away if I don't have to.

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Old 07-20-2007, 08:37 PM   #2
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Are you talking about doing another entire batch of pickles or just adding some cucumbers to the brine? I do that all the time. Works just fine.
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An entire new batch. I will be finished eating the pickles I made the other day pretty soon and I am guessing I will have a few new items to pull in from the garden by then. I was thinking of just using this brine over and over and over, if that is safe to do.
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I don't think I would use it over and over, but once would be OK I think.
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Old 07-20-2007, 10:10 PM   #5
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I made these the other day.

Can the brine be re-used? If so, do I need to boil it or anything? I am thinking that with all that vinegar I could probably use it again, but I don't want to assume that and make a stupid and dangerous mistake. It would just be a shame to throw all of this liquid away if I don't have to.
I have actually tried this before; each time I reused the brine the pickles were a little less flavorful.

I could tell the difference even with just the second use; by the third time the pickles tasted so washed out that I drained the old brine off and made a new batch.
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Old 07-20-2007, 10:20 PM   #6
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That was the type of info I was looking for. Thanks!
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Thanks for reminding me about this GB. I put some small pickling cukes in some claussen juice once several years ago. It was yummy . . . I forgot all about that!
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GB, I looked at the ingredients list and wondered "why" would it make any difference? For the quantities listed, the vinegar bath seems so insignificant that it would hardly matter. Why not start from scratch?
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My parents used to make gallons of pickles every Fall. After we emptied a jar, Mom would put pieces of cabbage in the liquid for a second go around. Anything more substantial never tasted as good as the first time around.
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That was the type of info I was looking for. Thanks!
Your welcome.

How were the pickles? I've never used sugar in a sour pickle before, were they sweet or could you taste the sugar at all?
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