The Very Useful Kitchen Ingredient You're Probably Tossing in the Trash

It’s no secret in my circle that I love salt—I’ve been known to sprinkle Maldon onto potato
chips. So it was only a matter of time before I discovered the magic elixir more commonly known as feta brine: The salty, cloudy liquid in which hunks of feta cheese float.

Photo by Mark Weinberg

At first I approached it tentatively, with a splash atop a Greek salad here, or a teaspoon poured into a marinade there. I can’t pinpoint the exact moment I got hooked for real—the Melissa Clark chicken story certainly didn’t hurt—but I can confess that I caught myself taking a little sip straight from the container last week. These days, I’m using it in everything from pots of brown rice, to tofu prep, to salad dressings.