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Pickle Juice: Is There Nothing it Can’t Do?

Via Time:

If there ever was a sign that we’ve had more than enough snow this winter, here it is.

Bergen County, New Jersey administrators found themselves in quite a pickle this winter. With their plowing budget quickly running dry, they’ve come up with a juicy solution.

Bergen County is just across the Hudson from New York – and despite being among the wealthiest counties in the nation, this winter has busted their budget for snow removal. Road salt comes at a hefty premium, and being only halfway through winter, they’ve invested in a new, and much cheaper, snow melter: pickle juice. (See pictures of snowstorms hitting the east coast — again.)

While it’s unclear if the mixture ever once contained the delectable deli snack, it’s a green salty liquid that executives say melts snow and ice just as well as solid salt. And the price can’t be beat: the briny mixture costs just 7 cents a gallon, compared to $63 a ton for salt. Quick math works the pickle juice out to roughly $16 per ton, a substantial savings (though commenters on CBS’s story seem to think the math is a bit more complicated). . .


Genius! - Greg Pollowitz


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