The holidays are imminent. This is my favorite time of the year, because the only thing better than holiday dinners is holiday leftovers. I have been known to make much more of something than I know I will need just to ensure that leftovers occur, and my single favorite thing to over-estimate is stuffing.
We were minding our own business, starting to prep for our annual dinner party for a friend who comes in from Los Angeles. And suddenly, while getting something from the fridge, we saw that the lights were out. Not a good sign. But we checked the circuit breaker box, and realized it had tripped. Odd, but once reset, all was fine, right?That night, we checked again. The freezer was working but the fridge was not. A flurry of frantic Googling ensued.
Popcorn, like pasta, is difficult to estimate. The amount of popcorn that you pop on your stovetop, pop in the microwave, or order at the movie theater might seem like a reasonable amount until you're a third of the way through and can't eat another bite. There ends up being a lot of leftover popcorn in the world, no matter how careful you are.
So you've come to the end of a jar of pickles. You're left with just the liquid, bereft of the delicious vegetables it once contained. Do not be afraid. Do not despair. That pickle juice or pickling liquid is not just watery trash. If you play it right, it can add some pickle flavor to all kinds of delicious things. There's a reason that you can buy just a straight-up gallon of pickle-free pickle juice on Amazon. Pickle juice is a precious commodity, and you should use it. How?