The next time you open a jar or can of olives, don’t discard the flavorful brine inside. The savory liquid mixture of water, vinegar and salt has fantastic flavor that can be used beyond making martinis dirty. Pour the mixture into anything in lieu of salt; add it to pasta sauces or homemade hummus, use it as part of a salad dressing, or steam vegetables with it so they have a nice brine flavor when they’re all cooked up. You can also save brine by freezing it in ice cube trays; when you need one, just pop out a cube and toss it into the pot.
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