Good to the Last Drop



You know how frustrating it is when manufacturers put our favorite foodstuffs in jars of oddly shaped proportions which prevent all that yummy (eww, I don't think I like that word!) goodness dwindling on the sides and bottom? 

It has become my mission in life, over the years, to get every single, solitary drop of whatever is in that container OUT of that container! It peeves me to no end how much waste is created by ineffective design. I mean, just look at that jar above...there's probably a good 1-2 more tablespoons of product still in there. How can you just throw that away?  Maybe I'm old fashioned. Learned a lot from watching my grandmas do their thing in the kitchen. I don't know. What I DO know, however, is that I'm going to share with you two simple tricks for getting ALL your money's worth out of the foods you buy!  

Size DOES Matter!

Get yourself some mini spatulas. I promise you this is one of the BEST inventions ever. Normal-sized spatulas just cannot get into those tiny spaces. These babies will clean out a jar of jam or the bottom of the peanut butter jar with the greatest of ease. For example: I can get two more PB sandwiches (PB on both slices) just from the scrapings!



Just Add Water (or Other Liquid)

When you get down to the last particles of sauce, paste or other condiment-type products, the best way to clean it out is to add a touch of water, broth or milk. Even soy or almond milk will do the trick. It's just the medium you will use to thin out the remaining contents so they will exit the container in an orderly fashion. This works great for ketchup, mustard, alfredo and marinara sauces. Water makes quick work of removing beans, peas and other veggies from cans...just fill the can 1/2 full, swirl it around and pour it into the pan with the rest of the veggies. 

Credit: Ilivhealthy

That's it. Easy as frozen pie! If you don't already do this, you will be shocked at how much more you'll get by scraping the bottom of the jar-barrel!  Save yourself some cash and try it!  

1 comments:

  1. I do this all the time. For things like dressings that are in those strange bottles with the skinny necks, you can dilute them, pour them into something a little easier to get it out of, then let it sit covered with cheesecloth until the water evaporates. Doesn't take long. Cheesecloth is a wonderful thing.

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