Frugal Tip: No-Waste Salad Dressing from a Mustard Jar

published Mar 2, 2010
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How’s your fridge cleaning and pantry purging going? If you’re deep into cleaning your refrigerator, you may have found a few bottles of this and that with just a smear left in the bottom. Do you scrape the last bits out, or just chuck the whole jar into the recycling?

Well, here’s one great tip from Martha Stewart on getting full use out of the last little bit left in the mustard bottle.

Martha says that if you have just a tiny bit of mustard left in the jar, toss in some extra ingredients, some olive oil, and vinegar, and just shake a fresh salad dressing up right there in the jar! That way your last bit of mustard gets turned into a tangy Dijon dressing for salad, chicken, or roast vegetables.

We love the idea of shaking it right up in the jar, too; no mess, no fuss! In fact, if you have dressing leftovers you can leave them in the jar and just shake it up every time you take it out of the fridge to use it.

No-Waste Dressing at Martha Stewart

Do you have any other good tips for putting the last scraps and drips of jam, jelly, mustard, mayo, and other fridge staples to work?

Great job to all you Curees as you clean up your kitchen, and toss out anything weighing you down this week! And even if you’re not officially signed up for our Spring Kitchen Cure we hope that you’ll follow along and get a bit of inspiration for freshening up your kitchen this month.

Related: Pantry and Fridge Cleaning Resources

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