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Paul’s Cooking Tips: 3 ways to use leftover pickle juice

Source: AUL STEPHEN Paul’s Cooking Tips | San Antonio Express-News 

Jamie Grill / Getty Images/Tetra images Old pickle juice can be reused to make a fresh batch of pickles or to brine meat.

Scores of San Antonians know this: When the heat goes up, a steady diet of pickles is sure to follow.

Gracing a butcher paper-lined tray of smoky brisket, stuffed into a foam cup and doused with chamoy or simply wolfed down by the fistful with the fridge door still open — nobody judges how you consume those crunchy cukes in this city.

But all that pickle intake leaves behind a lot of empty jars. Well, almost empty, that is.

Pickle juice more often than not gets poured down the drain. And that’s gallons of a culinary secret weapon that will never get used to its full potential. Whether sour, dill or sweet, that juice is gold and here’s what to do with it.

More pickles!

Perhaps above all else, leftover pickle juice is perfect for making more pickles. And if you do it right, you’re cutting down on your waste stream significantly.

Just pour the leftover pickle juice into a pan and bring it to a boil for a minute or so and then remove the pan from the heat. Meanwhile, give the jar and lid a thorough washing and stuff it with fresh vegetables. You can use cucumbers, green beans, okra, kale stems or just about any reasonably tender veggie you like.

Once the jar is stuffed, pour the hot pickle juice over the veg. If there isn’t enough juice to cover them all, just top the jar off with white vinegar. Place the lid on, hide the jar in the back of the fridge for a few days, then nosh away.

Brine your meat

Pickle juice, technically called brine, is also a powerhouse for tenderizing meat. The process of brining meat, or soaking it in a salt water solution before cooking, helps the protein absorb moisture and breaks down tough muscles resulting in a juicier, more tender pork chop, chicken breast or other cut. Acidic vinegar in pickle brine, which also contains a good bit of salt, adds to the effect.

A couple hours before you fire up the grill, stuff your chops or chicken into a large resealable plastic bag. Pour in enough pickle juice to keep everything fairly wet, seal the bag and place it in a dish big enough to contain the chaos should the bag spring a leak. Set that in the fridge for one to two hours, drain the meat and pat it dry, then get to cooking.

Do note that if you’re using pickle juice with a lot of turmeric in it, your meat will be stained yellow. Also, if they’re sweet pickles, mind the heat as that sugar could caramelize and burn more quickly than you’re used to.

Tart up your ice

Last up, and perhaps the most amusing, is to pour that juice into an ice cube tray and freeze. The tangy ice cubes will perk up many of your favorite summer libations, be it a brunchtime bloody mary, a crisp pickletini or Real Dill Cocktail with a grilled steak or an all-in-one pickleback of whiskey over ice. pstephen@express-news.net | Twitter: @pjbites | Instagram: @pjstephen


Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles

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Jell-Craft Strawberry Snow Cone Syrup + Jell-Craft Lemonade = Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles

Jell-Craft Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles are such a refreshing treat to cool you off during the dog days of summer! Check out this video of how your kiddos can make this fun treat in the kitchen and be proud of their culinary creation!

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Fourth of July Snow Cone Fun

Staying home this 4th of July? Have some fun in the kitchen with some creative Red, White and Blue Snow Cone Treats to celebrate this Patriotic Day!

Red, White & Blue Snow Cone Syrups: 

Here are some of our favorite syrups for this Patriotic Holiday!

Combine these flavors over 1 cup of shaved ice, or pour them out individually! Whatever you choose they will be a delicious 4th of July treat!

Blue Water (Sonic’s Copy Cat Ocean Water)

Here’s a sweet drink to enjoy made with sow cone syrup! Spice it up with adding Red Sweedish Fish to it to make it more Patriotic!

  • 12 oz. of Sprite
  • 2 oz. of blue coconut snow cone syrup
  • Mix and Serve

Shirley Temple:

Did you know you can have a good old Shirley Temple using Cherry Snow Cone Syrup? Here’s the recipe below, and don’t forget to add a cherry on top!

  • 12 oz. of Sprite
  • 2 oz. of cherry snow cone syrup
  • Mix
  • 1 Cherry to add on Top
  • Serve

What other treats can you make with snow cone syrups to celebrate the 4th of July?

 

 


8 Ideas to Use Snow Cone Syrup

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Recipes using Snow Cone Syrups!

By: Francheska Rios | Ace Mart

Summer’s here! And with it longer daylight hours, higher temperatures, and more outdoor activities. These are perfect scenarios to introduce flavorful and refreshing drinks and sweet treats using snow cone syrups. Our friends from Jell-Craft shared some ideas to expand your menu and increase your profits without breaking the bank. Widen your use of snow cone syrups with these recipes, whether you have a concession stand, restaurant, bistro, or are just having fun at home.

1. Ice Cream Topper

      • 2-4 tablespoons of your favorite syrup flavor.

2. Aguas Frescas

      • 3 parts water
      • 1 part syrup – choose you favorite flavor
      • Add fresh fruit and mix in an Aguas Frescas jug

*If using the bottle of syrup, this yields 4 gallons

3. Ice Cream Float

      • scoop of ice cream
      • 8 oz. of your favorite soda
      • 1 oz. of your favorite snow cone syrup flavor

Jell-Craft suggests flavors like Cherry, Strawberry, Grape, Root Beer, Lime, Coconut, or Wedding Cake. These ratios can be modified according to your taste.

4. Slush Mix

      • 3 parts water
      • 1 part syrup – choose you favorite flavor
      • Freeze in a frozen drink machine
      • Yields 4 gallons

5. Blue Water (Sonic’s® Ocean Water® Copycat)

  • 12 oz. of Sprite
  • 2 oz. of blue coconut snow cone syrup
  • Mix and serve

6. Shirley Temple

  • 12 oz. of Sprite
  • 2 oz. of cherry snow cone syrup
  • Mix and serve

7. Strawberry Lemonade

  • Mix lemonade concentrate according to directions
  • 1-3 squirts of strawberry snow cone syrup according to your taste preference and how much lemonade you made
  • Mix and serve

8. Popsicles

  • 3 parts of water
  • 1 part of your favorite snow cone syrup flavor
  • Pour in popsicle mold and place in freezer for a few hours until frozen

Want more flavor ideas? Click here to download our quick reference handout to expand your flavors menu.

Jell-Craft is a family-owned manufacturer local to San Antonio, Texas. And these recipes are budget-friendly for both businesses and families to enjoy. Adding some sweet menu items can quickly become customer favorites and drive more sales. While families at home can power through the dog days of summer with easy to make sweet treats.

You can shop our wide variety of snow cone syrups and accessories at acemart.com. You can also walk into one of our many Texas store locations, where our friendly staff will help you find the perfect flavors.

 


Peach Lemonade

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In honor of National Lemonade Day on August 20, here is Jell-Craft’s Peach Lemonade recipe! This is a great Peach Lemonadesummer beverage refresher, in which all ingredients can be purchased at an economical price! Get ready to enjoy a drink for yourself or share with others!

What you need:

  • 1 bottle of Jell-Craft Old Fashioned Lemonade Drink Starter
  • 1 bottle of Jell-Craft Peach Punch Concentrate
  • Peaches (optional for garnish)
    • Drink Starters and punch concentrates can only be purchased at HEB.

Directions for Peach Lemonade:

First make the Jell-Craft Old Fashioned Lemonade Drink Starter by following the directions on the back of the bottle to make either a glass or a 48 oz. pitcher of lemonade.

Remember, 2 squeezes of lemonade to 8 oz. glass of water or use the fill line on the back of the Drink Starter bottle to make a 48 oz. pitcher (3/4 cup of lemonade to 42 oz. of water)

Depending on the size of beverage you make, you will use 2 tbsp of Peach Punch Concentrate to every 8 oz. of lemonade.

Garnish with peaches and lemons once done! Make it as festive as you want and severe!


Jell-Craft Peach Jalapeno Lemonade

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Peach Jalapeno LemonadeJell-Craft Peach Jalapeno Lemonade is a delicious refreshing way to spice up your lemonade! You’ll give your mouth a delightful treat of tart, sweet and a hint of natural Jalapeno! Enjoy a drink for yourself or make it for your next summer get together!  Your guests will be impressed!

What you need:

  • Water
  • 1 bottle of Jell-Craft Peach Punch Concentrate
  • 1 bottle of Jell-Craft Jalapeno Lemonade Drink Starter
  • Jalapenos and Lemons (optional for garnish)
    • The punch concentrate and drink starter can only be purchased at HEB.

Directions:

First make the Jell-Craft Jalapeno Lemonade Drink Starter by following the directions on the back of the bottle to make either a glass or a 48 oz. pitcher of lemonade

Remember, 2 squeezes of lemonade to 8 oz. glass of water or use the fill line on the back of the Drink Starter bottle to make a 48 oz. pitcher (3/4 cup of lemonade to 42 oz. of water).

Depending on the size of beverage you make, you will use 2 tbsp of Peach Punch Concentrate to every 8 oz. of lemonade.

Garnish with Jalapenos and Lemons once done! Make it as festive as you want and severe!


Jell-Craft Peach Tea Recipe

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Jell-Craft’s Peach Tea recipe Peach Tea Recipeis a great summer beverage refresher, in which all ingredients can be purchased at an economical price! Get ready to enjoy a drink for yourself or take to your next summer party to impress the guests!

What you need:

  • Any plain iced tea already brewed
  • 1 bottle of Jell-Craft Peach Punch Concentrate
  • Peaches (optional for garnish)
    • The punch concentrate can only be purchased at HEB.

Directions:

Grab any kind of tea you like! We sometimes use already made tea or brew it from tea bags on the stove. If you do stove top tea bags, make sure to stick in it in refrigerator to get cold prior to serving. If you add ice to cool it, that’s okay too but be careful so it doesn’t get watered down.

Depending on the size of pitcher you make, you will use 2 tbsp to every 8 oz. of iced tea.

Garnish with peaches once done! We like to use sliced peaches in our pitcher of tea, along with placing one slice on the outside of the glass to make it more festive!

Drink up and enjoy!

 


Jell-Craft Snow Cone Syrups used as Margarita Mixes

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Did you know Jell-Craft Snow Cone Syrups can be used to make delicious Margaritas? If you’re not in the mood for tequila, use different liquor and make a unique cocktail!

If you have a Margarita machine and you’re using our gallon syrups, you would follow this recipe:

  • One gallon Jell-Craft Margarita flavor snow cone syrup
  • 25 gallons water
  • 25 L tequila
  • 750 mL triple sec

If you are using our quart size snow cone syrups, follow these instructions:

  • One quart Jell-Craft Margarita snow cone syrup
  • 72 oz water
  • 72 oz tequila
  • 6 oz triple sec

Jell-Craft has over 40 delicious snow cone flavors to choose from including some flavors that would make unique cocktails like Leche Quemada and Root Beer. Click here for a full list!

Snow Cones as Marg Mix


Warm Wassail Recipe

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Jell-Craft Punch Warm Wassail Recipe

When it’s cold outside it’s always nice to enjoy something warm, and in Texas cold pretty much means anything below 70 degrees. Drinking the typical hot chocolate and hot apple cider gets old and it’s good to spice it up with something different such as using Jell-Craft Tropical Fruit Punch to make a Warm Wassail!

Jell-Craft Tropical Fruit Punch labels have mixing instructions in both English and Spanish on how to make a Warm Wassail.

Instructions are below:Warm Wassail Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Jell-Craft Tropical Fruit Punch
  • Water
  • Oranges, cherries, any fruit you would like to add
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Cloves

Warm Wassail Directions
Simply Mix 1 part punch concentrate to 3 parts water
Mix thoroughly and add fruit, cinnamon sticks, and cloves
Heat to desired temperature in coffee pot, crock pot or on the stove and serve

Ponche Wassail Caliente / Ponche Navideno
Simplemente agregue 1 parte de concentrado con 3 partes de agua
Mezcle bien y agregue frutas, palitos de canela, clavo de olor
Caliente a temperatura deseada en la cafetera o estufa y servirá


 

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What others are saying…

  • I love sno-cones just like anyone else lol..I bought a small sno-cone maker for my kids at Walmart..well they had all kinds of different syrups there..except Coconut!!! Thank goodness I found it on here..and I’m more of a clear Coconut fan..but I have to say this one is good too and the price isn’t too much either!!! Naomi Riggs
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