Why You Should Be Boiling Your Potatoes In Pickle Juice

Boiled potatoes are a classic side dish that is simple and delicious, but sometimes they can be a bit bland. While you can always add toppings to keep the potatoes from being too boring, there is a simple trick that can add even more flavor. Instead of throwing away pickle juice after you finish the jar, you can repurpose it and use it to add flavor to your boiled potatoes.

Adding pickle juice to the water when boiling your potatoes can give them a tangy, flavorful twist that is sure to be a hit with your taste buds. Plus, pickle juice is rich in electrolytes and, according to Michigan Medicine, can help to prevent muscle cramps, making it a healthy addition to your meal. Thanks to the sour and salty flavor of pickle brine, you can also refrain from adding more salt to amp up the flavor. Best of all, adding pickle juice to boiling potatoes is an easy step to incorporate into your go-to recipe.

How to incorporate pickle juice

To make boiled potatoes with pickle juice, simply start by filling a pot with water and adding a generous splash of pickle juice. Bring the water to a boil, then add your potatoes — it's as easy as that. As the potatoes boil, they will absorb the pickle juice and take on the tangy, salty flavor of the vinegar brine. This gives them a unique and delicious flavor that is sure to be an unexpected hit.

Once your potatoes are cooked to your liking, drain them and serve them hot. You can add additional seasonings, such as fresh herbs or garlic, to enhance the flavor even more. Consider using aromatics that are in the pickle brine such as dill as well. 

The next time you're boiling potatoes, don't be afraid to raid your pickle jar and give this recipe a try. Your taste buds (and your muscles) will thank you.