Leftovers: 6 Money Saving Ideas for Those Bits at the Bottom of the Jar
We all have them. Those little bits of good stuff left at the bottom of one jar or another that we don't want to really throw out, but don't know what to do with. Here are six great tips for scraping the bottom of the barrel, so to speak.
Slosh around some chicken stock or water in the jar to get out all of the pesto clinging to the inside. Dump it in with your chicken soup and add a splash of lemon or white wine to take it from hum drum to high end.
Orange marmalade or other citrus preserves
Put in a little vinegar and shake to loosen all of the preserves. Then add a touch of corn starch and water and shake like crazy. Add in some additional orange or lemon juice if needed for a great sweet and sour stir fry sauce on the cheap.
Extra tomato sauce or paste
When you have leftover paste or sauce in the jar or can, slosh around some water to get the last of it out and toss in with your slow cooker pot roast or beef and vegetable soup. It will round out the flavor and provide extra tenderizing support for those cheaper cuts of meat.
Got a little in the bottom of the jar? Dijon with a little mayo and horseradish makes a great meat condiment or sandwich spread. Also, adding a little vinegar and honey can make an awesome vinaigrette for dinner salads.
Extra Italian salad dressing
The thick stuff at the bottom of the jar can be stretched with vinegar and a bit of water for a great budget chicken marinade.
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Do you have any hot tips for scraping the bottom of the barrel with jar leftovers? What are your secret ways to save pennies where it doesn't necessarily show?