How often have you opened up the fridge and taken out something like a jar of mustard, maybe a bottle of tomato sauce or some yoghurt and found it just has the barest of scrapings left in it. Invariably in my case it is the result of one of my teenage sons using the product and then deciding it was not a good look to clean it up completely – that way they can say they didn’t polish it all off – of course the problem is it is now almost impossible to get enough out it to make it a useful quantity.
So what do most us do with it – we take it out, rinse it off and put it into the recycling bin. Wasting some perfectly good food – not a lot, but enough. So is there a solution to this vexing problem – of course there is!
You use the jar, bottle, tub or can to make a product. Here are some ideas;
Barbecue sauce – created from the little bit left over in the tomato sauce bottle (assuming there is about 2-3cm left in the bottle. Take a teaspoon of honey – make sure it is reasonably runny, add half a teaspoon of curry powder, a teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, a dash of brandy (if you like) – shake it all up and you now have a homemade bbq sauce.
What to do with leftover mustard – you know the bit at the bottom of the jar. Add a pinch of salt and pepper, a good splash of vinegar and twice as much olive oil. Put the lid back on and shake it up. You now have a really nice mustard dressing. By the way you also save on washing up because you have used the jar which you will probably put in you recycling bin.
Yoghurt dip – really nice with fresh veggies – tomatoes, celery and carrot sticks. In this case you need a little more yoghurt – about 250ml – so if you have a large plain tub of yoghurt that needs to be finished off soon – use that. Add a teaspoon of paprika and a tablespoon of pesto, season with salt and pepper and add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil – mix it all together. If you can see the yoghurt tub, do so and shake, otherwise mix well. What you now have is a really nice yoghurt deluxe dip – again no washing up.
There are a lot of other things you can make with jar leftovers – other than just throwing those last little bits out – it is just a matter of using your imagination.