November 14th is Pickle Appreciation Day! Spice up your day with a crunchy dill, sweet, bread & butter, or any of the other hundreds of pickle varieties. Do you relish whole, spears, chips, chunks, or slices? There are so many options!
Picked the last pickle?
Did you know that there are dozens of uses for the refrigerated pickle juice? Keep the planet green in a whole new way! You can “recycle” the juice. Here are a few tips:
- Pickle juice makes excellent marinade. It offers lots of flavor when combined with a little olive oil and fresh herbs or added to bottled Italian salad dressing.
- Doctor your barbecue sauce with a little pickle juice. The new and improved version with have a delightful tanginess not found in any bottled brand.
- Pickle liquid mixed in with mayo can give a new twist to your potato salad.
- Some athletes drink pickle juice as a tonic to prevent muscle cramps after their workouts.
- Use pickle juice to remove coffee or tea stains from the bottom of a cup.
- Pickle juice is great for killing weeds between cracks in paving stones and sidewalks. (I just hope your neighbors enjoy the “fresh” scent.)
- You’ve heard of squeezing a wedge of lime into your beer. Now, adding some dill pickle juice to your brew could be the next craze. Stir 1/8 cup dill pickle liquid into 12 oz. of your favorite beer and garnish with a pickle spear or baby dill. (This was a serious suggestion on one site. I wonder… how drunk do you have to be?)
A Peck of Perfectly Plausible Pickle Facts:
- Pickling is one of the oldest forms of food preservation, discovered at the dawn of civilization thousands of years ago in Mesopotamia.
- North Americans prefer pickles with warts. Europeans prefer wartless pickles.
- According to the U.S. Supreme Court, pickles are technically a “fruit” of the vine (like tomatoes), but they are generally known as a vegetable.
- Americans consume more than 2.5 billion pounds of pickles each year – that’s 20 billion pickles!
- Pickle Packers International has its own official limerick and theme song – the Pickle Polka.
- The phrase “in a pickle” was first introduced by Shakespeare in his play, The Tempest. The quotes read, “How cam’st thou in this pickle?” and “I have been in such a pickle?”
- During WWII, the U.S. Government tagged 40% of all pickle production for the ration kits of the armed forces.
- Good pickles have an audible crunch at 10 paces. This can be measured by using the scientific device known as the Audible Crunch Meter.
- Pickles are fat free and low in calories.
- Dill pickles are the most popular type of pickle, followed by sweet.
- My friend Sharon has a dog named Pickle.
Quote of the Week:
“I think pickles are cucumbers that sold out. They sold their soul to the devil, and the devil is dill.” ~ Mitch Hedberg
* Please drink pickle juice responsibly. It provides more than your daily sodium requirement!