Four types of mustard monopolising the space in your fridge door? Drizzles of soy sauce and mere spoonfuls of mayo tormenting you? How about that nearly empty ketchup bottle you somehow can’t bear to throw away?
Clear some space AND create something delicious with these genius ideas, from whipping up tasty dressings to jazzing up suppers.
Fridge sweep BBQ sauce
Almost anything works in barbecue sauce and, fortuitously, those nearly empty condiments clogging up your fridge work especially well.
Mix tomato ketchup, mustard, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, tomato purée, maple syrup, sweet chilli sauce... You get the idea. Store it in a ketchup bottle, giving it a good shake to incorporate those awkward bits that never come out.
Make hoisin sauce
Soy sauce, white vinegar and tahini marry into an authentic Chinese sauce - perfect on rice dishes, steamed veg and pork chops, or tossed into stir-fries like this prawn recipe.
Ketchup and Worcestershire sauce (with perhaps some yellow mustard mixed in, too) make a delicious rub/marinade for sticky ribs or chicken, ready to throw on the barbecue.
Dress up your sarnie
Create a tangy, sweet ‘n’ sour Russian dressing with ketchup, relish, mayo, horseradish and Worcestershire sauce. Delicious in sandwiches or spooned on hot dogs.
In the pink
Similar to Marie Rose (a classic in prawn cocktails) or burger sauce, pink sauce, made with greek yogurt, ketchup, mustard and juice from that random pickle jar, makes a yummy dipping sauce for chicken or fish goujons.
Also great on burgers or mixed with prawns for that retro starter, obvs.
Best ever vinaigrette
Combine olive oil, spoonfuls of mustard and a squeeze of lemon juice in an almost empty honey jar, give it a stir, replace the lid and shake. This gloriously creamy dressing will liven up any salad.
This classic American comfort food just loves a bit of sauce. Worcestershire sauce is a key ingredient of this meatloaf - but feel free to experiment with shakes of ketchup, mustard and soy, too.
Spice up your beans
Transform ordinary baked beans into smoky BBQ beans by throwing in EVERYTHING - ketchup, barbecue sauce, Worcestershire sauce, mustard...
Soup it up
Almost any condiment will add depth and a flavour kick to soups and sauces. Use water, wine or broth (depending on the recipe and your tastes) to loosen those stubborn scrapes of ketchup, mustard or horseradish, shake and pour into the pot.
Also works beautifully in pie recipes. A hint of horseradish with your chicken and mushroom? Delish. Try in this Sainsbury's recipe for chicken, pea and leek pie.
Combine leftover jams with ketchup and mustard (add a little water to the bottles/jars to loosen the contents). Simmer in a pan to thicken into a quick chutney.
Easy-peasy spicy dip
Combine whatever hot sauce you have with mayo or yogurt (or both) for a delicious dip that can also be tossed with shredded cabbage and carrot for a quick coleslaw. Or use to add a kick to potato or pasta salad.
Mix up a Virgin Mary
Or a Bloody Mary - we won’t judge. Throw pickle juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce and hot chilli sauce into tomato juice for a classic breakfast cocktail. Vodka optional.
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