How To Use Almost-Empty Jars

Clever ways to use every last ounce

Sometimes scraping and squeezing can be exhausting.

We at TT are always looking for creative ways to repurpose leftovers and reduce waste. So when our pantry and fridge are filled with almost-empty bottles of condiments like mustard and mayonnaise, as well as our favorite snack spreads like almond and peanut butter, we don't want to throw them away. That's when the butter knives and spoons come out to try to retrieve as much as we can.

When that doesn't work, these "jar hacks" come in handy. Turn that almost-empty container of Nutella into hot chocolate or that jar of mustard into a vinaigrette. Plus, the container itself is its own serving vessel, so there's less mess and no need to worry about taking the container home after you've enjoyed your overnight oats for breakfast at the office.

Here are 7 ways to use those almost-empty jars.

Make overnight oats by layering granola, almond milk, honey and fruit or an ice cream sundae by adding ice cream, chocolate sauce, sprinkles and whipped cream.


Whip up a simple marinade or vinaigrette by adding vinegar, olive oil and seasonings.

Pickle new vegetables, like onions or radishes or make a cocktail by combining a splash with your favorite vodka.


Thirsty? Mix up a cocktail by adding gin (of course) or try a yogurt and granola parfait by layering yogurt, granola and berries.

For out-of-this-world hot chocolate add hot milk to the container, shake and pour into your favorite mug.

Quickly add a second dip to your game-day menu by adding sour cream or yogurt.

Get chicken salad on the go by tossing in chopped chicken, celery, salt and pepper or make an easy marinade for chicken or steak by adding chopped herbs.