Thursday, June 07, 2012

Use-It-Up Marinade!

Leftover condiments
Made Into Marinade!
Inspired by The Use It Up Challenge, I scanned our fridge door for packets of condiments and nearly-empty bottles of stuff. Mixing it all together made a decent marinade that I drenched on some chicken for tomorrow. To help empty some bottles, I experimented with adding a little vinegar or oil and shaking well.
Marinades usually improve the taste of anything you cook, adding flavor to the bland. This is a more unpredictable marinade than most, but it seemed to have the essential ingredients; if it had seemed unbalanced or lacking in something, there'd be no problem adding from our regular stores, but that didn't seem necessary this time.
This procedure cleared out a little bit of fridge shelf space' it's temporarily offset by the marinading chicken but once we've used that, we'll have just that much more space - and the good feeling that comes from not having wasted!


Small Footprints said...

What a great idea!! I'm thinking about those bits of mustard or ketchup left in the bottom of the bottle ... I'm always trying to get them out and add them to a new bottle. But, this would be better (and easier) ... add a little of this or a little of that ... and voila ... marinade or even a lovely sauce for sandwiches. Thanks for the wonderful tip! :-)

mrs green @myzerowaste said...

Fantastic! I love to see a little experimental creativity in the kitchen because sometimes you hit on a jackpot recipe. I LOVE how many bottles you've managed to empty for this meal!