How-To: Dehydrating Pickles

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:

  1. Simply grind your dried pickles with a mortar and pestle, coffee/spice grinder, or high-powdered blender.
  2. 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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12 thoughts on “How-To: Dehydrating Pickles

  1. Dianne Koehler says:

    what a stellar idea. we are always looking for a snack with crunch. I have some pickles that are not crisp enough and will give this a run.

    1. Admin says:

      It is one of my son’s favorite snacks 🙂

  2. R Skaggs says:

    I don’t see why not either…just needed to know…mind you I smoke meat, fish and dehydrate what I can not can quickly…never considered pickles/relishes…etc.

    1. Admin says:

      Can’t wait to hear how it goes for you !!!

  3. R Skaggs says:

    Wondering if the relishes and such which are pepper based would work with this recipe too…I confess…I can more than I can eat and have a family which says that it doesn’t come from a grocery (name brand) that they don’t want it…But I am sure I can add a recipe or two with the dried “pickles” for gifts…

    1. Admin says:

      You would need to drain and put on fruit roll trays, but I don’t see why not. I know your canning would have no oils in it 🙂 Let me know how it works for you !!!

  4. Im loving all this information! ! So glad i found you!! Great ideal for my pantry!!!!keep posting,,i,ll. be watching.Thank you

    1. Admin says:

      Thanks for your support Wanda 🙂

  5. Im loving all this information! ! So glad i found you!! Great dtuff for my pantry!!!!

  6. R Skaggs says:

    I am going to try dehydrating some of my pickles which I have canned. I never heard of them being dehydrated before but in my mind I say “why not?”. Will let you know how they turn out…might even try some of the relishes too. Thanks for the newest idea of dehydrating.

    1. Admin says:

      I will be interested in how you like them !!!

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