I think it’s one of my more important posts, too. I hope others agree :). Wow. At that point, it should be a bright blue or turquoise color, is of neutral pH and it is safe to dispose of down the drain. © Copyright 2020 Meredith Corporation. P.S. Otherwise, it’s completely safe. Be Kind to Fish! (NOTE: This method can also be used to remove the copper from used ferric chloride solution. Whip together a stick of unsalted butter with a tablespoon of pickle brine, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and finely chopped dill pickles. Did a friend forward this post to you? Try giving your potatoes a few thorough rinses until the water runs clear, then soak them in a bowl of pickle juice for 20 minutes. From chips and dip to one-bite apps, finger foods are the perfect way to kick off a party. You can see the white lime on the end of the paper. This copper contamination is NOT removed when pickle is neutralized with baking soda, so putting neutralized pickle down the drain is – from the perspective of a fish – like dumping cyanide into your local drinking water reservoir. Add lime SLOWLY –  it’s easy to overshoot the mark! What’s more, you can easily include it in your diet, thus obtain the incredible health benefits it provides. If that happens, all is not lost! Did you stumble on it by accident? You don’t want to go past a pH of 10, or the tricksy copper will go back into solution. If the top of your jar is large enough, pop a few chicken tenders in. Soaking eggs in beet brine will dye the outer layer of the egg to a pretty fuchsia. In the picture above, the pH test strip has reached the blueish-green color that indicates a pH of 9. PHOTO BY IAIN BAGWELL VIA GETTY IMAGES. Can you tell me why the lime shouldn’t be stored near acids? If you pour quickly, it is very easy to add too much lime, and shoot past the desired pH of 9. (added 3/24/16) Here’s a nice graph of the theoretical solubility of metal hydroxides vs. pH, which shows a really clear low point on the line for copper (Cu) at pH 9. Here’s what the respected Flinn Scientific has to say about storing acids and bases: To show you what you DON’T want, this picture shows a strip of pH paper that has been dipped directly in the calcium hydroxide (lime) slurry. Then use this basic technique for making perfect hash browns. If you let the liquid evaporate, you will definitely end up with less material to throw away, and you can skip the smell and extra weight of the cheap cat litter! Janet. Via The Hearty Soul | New Health Advisor | Gardening Know How | Little Things, Copyright text 2016 by Health & Love Page. Soaking shredded potatoes in a water bath before frying removes excess starch and prevents discoloration. Baking soda is a base, too, and vinegar is an acid, which is why they foam up impressively when mixed and make great “lava” for that paper mache volcano we all made in 3rd grade :). Just behind the bit of lime, the paper is a dark blue, indicating a pH of 13, which is WAY too high. Copper hydroxide is insoluble, so it won’t leach. Is there an explosive factor? Hi Barbara, I’m sorry to say that NO, it’s not okay to simply dry out the pickle. Spread on a slice of toasted bread and eat up—that’s toast with the most. So YAY for that :)! What I did was let the slurry dry out completely, and then broke it into chunks and put it back into the bag it came in to store it. If the liquid above the settled solids is transparent, then you have successfully removed all the copper. It is just a dilute solution of  an acid like sodium bisulfate (Sparex®, Rio Pickle™, HTH® pH Minus – my favorite! After logging in you can close it and return to this page. Another option to treat your upset stomach is a combination of honey and vinegar. Sadly for us, Dave is retiring on June 24th, 2016. Marinate in the fridge for 6 to 8 hours, but no longer or else the chicken will get mealy. Salty, tangy, sweet vinegar infused with dill, garlic, and mustard seeds has a long lifeline and you can use every last drop of pickle juice to enhance your breakfast. Even pickle that has not turned blue yet is loaded with copper. Dave can be reached at (206) 263-1673, and at dave.waddell@kingcounty.gov. I bought the cheapest clay-type cat litter I could find. Dip just the tip of a short length of pH paper into the solution and compare it to the color coded chart on the pH paper dispenser. If you want to dispose of it in the trash, you MUST do some chemistry to convert the water soluble molecules into a non-water soluble form. Also, is it really safe, environmentally, to throw the copper solids in the trash, or is there risk that it will eventually leach back into the environment? The kitty litter route makes a pretty big bag of trash! Try giving your potatoes a few thorough rinses until the water runs clear, then soak them in a bowl of pickle juice for 20 minutes. Janet, I thoroughly neutralize it by slowly adding baking soda until the solution stops fizzing when I add more baking soda. This juice is even used in emergency rooms to help patients in difficult cardiac. Thanks, Eva! It’s coming along nicely and I’m at a pH of about 7 in the picture above. Too basic! Tips, tricks, and Aha! You can either store it in its slurry form – properly marked as “Calcium hydroxide – corrosive slaked limewater” – until the next time you need to treat spent pickle. The final solution must have a pH of between 9 and 10, or you won’t pull all the copper out of solution and turn it into solids in the form of the cloudy precipitate. If you boil the brine first and pour it - still hot - over the veggies, it does seem to absorb into the veggies a little faster. Since the copper is still in a water soluble state, as soon as the litter gets wet, the copper will leach away into ground water, or any nearby waterway or body of water, there to do it’s toxic work of killing aquatic life. Thank you for all your amazing suggestions. September 8, 2016, 5:16am #2. If you are disposing of your pickle at a hazardous waste collection site, be sure to mark the container with the actual acid used – not just “pickle” – AND append “contaminated with copper” to the acid named. Toss with a bright breakfast salad or just season with a light sprinkle of salt and pepper. Why can’t you just dump the neutralized pickle in the Kitty Litter and toss it in the trash? Please log in again. It’s clear! ), deep bucket (taller and deeper is best, rather than wide and shallow), small bucket or container (use to mix lime with water). You might be surprised, but drinking pickle juice will give you instant relief from your upset stomach and heartburn. He urges people to contact King County’s Business Waste Line for help and information. He will be much missed by the arts community he has done so much to help! I reckon this is one of the best, for all of us who do care about the environment,but may not know about this copper contamination. Next, you make a smooth mixture of water and calcium hydroxide. The solid precipitate (copper hydroxide particles) will settle to the bottom. Drinking just few ounces of pickle juice before bedtime has quiet the restless legs of many people. Now, you’ll always have garnishes on hand for scrambles, omelets, and frittatas. Thanks to its acidic content, it helps nutrients and antioxidants be more readily absorbed in the body. It’s generally good practice to store acids and bases separately if you can. Thanks for any additional info you might have! If you're looking for a simple recipe to simplify your weeknight, you've come to the right place--easy dinners are our specialty. Therefore, if you take any medication, consult your doctor of pharmacist before adding it to your diet. The precipitate and liquid left from treating about 1.5 gallons of pickle required around 10 pounds of clay-type cat litter to absorb all the liquid. However, don’t use it to broken skin. ), sulfuric acid, citric acid (PickleIt™), lemon juice, or vinegar. Thank you so much, Julia. If it’s still blue or green, then there is still copper in solution, and you’ll need to check the pH and adjust up (with lime) or down (with pickle) to get to a pH of at least 9 and no higher than 10. PHOTO BY tanya_emsh VIA GETTY IMAGES, Credit: Theoretical solubility of metal hydroxides vs. pH – note that copper (Cu) has a sharp “V” at pH 9! Even better, mix the rest of the pickle juice in your empty jar with a bit of water, pour it into an ice tray, freeze, and say goodbye to watered down bloody marys on a hot summer day. Want to impress guests? You can dry it out and then take it to a Household Hazardous Waste collection site (you can also take the un-dried version to HHW). I guess the utility it contains is represented by the fact that it’s binding up the copper ions in a form that keeps them unavailable. This will drop the pH again, and you can have another go at creeping stealthily up on the desired pH by adding more lime. It can relieve cramps and restore balance within 85 seconds, as the vinegar and calcium chloride in its content make the potassium and sodium more readily absorbed by the body. The fresh pickle doesn’t have copper in it, of course, but the additional acid will get you back on track. 7)  You want to continue (SLOWLY!) Use a stir stick to mix in the calcium hydroxide (pickling lime) until you have a smooth slurry. Dispose of ALL Spent Pickle Responsibly. Liquid scooped from top layer of solution. If you don’t want to treat it properly yourself, you should take it to a Household Hazardous Waste collection site. It keeps well this way, too, and is ready for the next time I need to treat some pickle.