Pickle Shots: Turning Vegetable Juice into Fermented Tonics

Posted by Bill Hettig on 1st Sep 2015

Pickle Shots: Turning Vegetable Juice into Fermented Tonics


Your Perfect Pickler® kit is taking on new duties. Turn a small fistful of veggies or bottled vegetable juice into fermented tonics. Plus, it has the same potent nutrients as a fermented pickle. It takes only minutes to create a batch of Pickle Shots: just water, salt, juice and brine left over from lacto-fermented pickles.

It was truly a eureka moment to transform bottled vegetable juices: carrot, tomato, and coconut water—into refreshing tonics. This is simply the easiest form of fermenting using the Perfect Pickler®.


  • Morning juice boost: "coconut water, carrot, or tomato juice anyone?"
  • A nutrient powerhouse of probiotics made for pennies and in just minutes
  • Sport drink replacement, rich with electrolytes to ease muscle cramping
  • Smoothie booster—turn on your drink with a shot
  • Pet food supplement at the ready
  • Cold soup base like beet (borscht) and gazpacho
  • Salad dressing/condiment booster
  • Cocktail mixer and punch base
  • Cold, flu, and sore throat gargle
  • Relief for indigestion and heartburn
  • Tonic while on antibiotics and convalescing

  • Prep Time: 5 mins Jar Size: 1 quart/.9 L


    • 16 oz. vegetable juice (see favorites below)
    • 16 oz. Filtered Water
    • 1 TBS. Celtic Sea Salt® or other premium brand
    • 2 TBS. saved brine from previous batch of lacto-fermented vegetables or tonic

    Fermentation Instructions

    1. Combine all ingredients and pour into a 1 quart jar until almost full.
    2. Float brine overflow cup on top of juice.
    3. Twist on Perfect Pickler® lid until just hand snug.
    4. Pour tap water into airlock to the max line and gently twist into lid.
    5. Place in cool location (68-74 degrees) and wait patiently for 4 days!
    6. Remove fermenting kit, seal and refrigerate.

    FAVORITES: Coconut Water, Very Veggie Tomato Medley, Carrot Juice

 Caveat: Fermented vegetable juice is best used in small "shot" doses, 1 or 2 oz. will give you great benefit. There is no science that states "if a little is good, a whole lot more is better." A quart will last and last.