Got a refrigerator of half-full jars of pickles or jars leftover from last year’s canning that you need to use up? Why don’t you try dehydrating them for a nice snack, to add to salads, or to powder to add to your cooking for that nice dill snap?
That extremely strong, salty, tangy flavor of the powdered dill pickle “salt” will be all you need since it’s concentrated, very salty, and can be sprinkled onto food, snacks, or in soups. Add some garlic powder, dill, and sour cream to your powdered dill “salt” and you have a yummy dip!
Please note: this is not a no-salt replacement as salt is used in brining pickles. For some herb blend recipes that do not contain salt, please check out our Recipe Links Directory under the herb blends heading.
Save the brine. After you have taken out all the pickles, don’t toss the juice. Use it to make your own pickled vegetables. Add sliced vegetables to the jar with enough leftover brine to cover, replace the lid, and refrigerate. Soft vegetables like onions, peppers, asparagus, and cabbage, should be ready to eat in about 2 days. Harder vegetables like cauliflower, carrots, and radishes will take about 5 days. These pickled veggies will keep in the refrigerator for about a month.
√Place pickles in a colander, draining off the juices. Rinse well, soak 15 minutes in cold water and rinse well again to remove salty brine.
√Allow to drain thoroughly in colander. If draining longer than 2 hours, refrigerate while draining.
√To prepare, slices can be used as is.
Spears or whole pickles will need to be cut down into cubes or slices in 1/4- to 1/2-inch (5/8 to 1‑1/4 cm) pieces.
√Spread on dehydrator trays in a single layer.
√Dehydrate at 125 F/50 C for 6 to 12 hours or until crisp dry. Allow to cool.
√Store pickles in air-tight container(s) away from heat, humidity, and light.
To Make Pickle Powder:
- Simply grind your dried pickles with a mortar and pestle, coffee/spice grinder, or high-powdered blender.
- Store pickle powder in air-tight container(s) away from heat, humidity, and light. Lasts 6 months to 1 year.
To Use Pickle Powder:
- Sprinkle onto food, snacks, or in soups.
- Add some garlic powder, dill, and sour cream to your powdered dill “salt” and you have a yummy dip.
- Delicious on vegetable chips; for that pickled taste sprinkle lightly before dehydrating.
- Especially good in any Miracle Whip/mayonnaise-based salad where you would normally use pickle relish; egg salad, pasta salad, potato salad, etc.
- Perfect for flavoring deviled eggs.
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