I have some cucumbers fermenting and wondering if the leftover juice has any health benefits? Will the bacteria in the liquid have a probiotic effect similar to kefir? Also does the bacteria in the pickles have any noticeable probiotic effect anyways?
For anyone who likes pickles, these are really easy and cheap to make. You just have to wait several days before enjoying.
No only is it rich in beneficial bacteria, it tastes like the pickles that fermented in it, and it is really good for your skin(applied topically)! A friend of mine who owns a sauerkraut business locally sells the brine in pint jars for nearly as much as the veggies, so drink up! In my experience though, it's good to go slowly at first, especially if you are not used to a lot of fermented foods. One can easily overdo it and cause some intestinal distress. Build slowly up to drinking a whole glass.