Cooking

7 Uses for Almost-Empty Jars

Clever ways to use every last ounce
Best Uses for Almost-Empty Jars
Photo: Alan Levine via Flickr

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.

① NUT BUTTERS
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.

 

② MUSTARD
Whip up a simple marinade or vinaigrette by adding vinegar, olive oil and seasonings.

③ PICKLE JUICE
Pickle new vegetables, like onions or radishes or make a cocktail by combining a splash with your favorite vodka.

 

Gettin classy AF with these pickle juice martinis tonight! ? #picklejuicemartini #classybroads

A photo posted by Christine Couture Cormier (@bl0ndie_l0cks) on

 

④ JAM
Thirsty? Mix up a cocktail by adding gin (of course) or try a yogurt and granola parfait by layering yogurt, granola and berries.

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

⑥ SALSA
Quickly add a second dip to your game-day menu by adding sour cream or yogurt.

⑦ MAYONNAISE
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.

LET’S DISCUSS:

Around the Web

Get the Tasting Table newsletter for adventurous eaters everywhere
X Share on FB →