Cleaning up the Condiment Clutter
January seems to be the month of take out. Folks are partied out, humbled by the grey weather, two months behind in new movie rentals and watching football all weekend. As consumers, we have become friends with the delivery person for the local pizza place, Chinese restaurant and other fine dining establishments that deliver.
After three weeks of delish dining, to my surprise I found a surplus of condiment packets piled up in the cabinet. Two and a half pounds of condiments to be exact, ranging from soy sauce to horseradish. It occurred to me that others must have this same surplus with no clue what to do with them. Here are some fun ideas for those extra packets lying about.
The first suggested use is the most obvious- take them to work. Those tiny packets will make anything taste better, including the chicken salad sandwich you did not eat two days ago. Send them to school with your junior high or high school student. Some schools offer these packets to the kids at a premium price. Loaded with a fistful, your child can surely barter them for some tasty treat. If you know of a teacher working in a daycare, offer them up to them. From experience, I can tell you these tiny packets of edible gold can be a welcome addition to the child friendly tasty fare offered. Teachers like food with a little kick. They travel well in your picnic basket for summer outings.
A more practical approach is using them to create new condiments. Condiment packets hold exactly one teaspoon of content. This applies to mayonnaise, ketchup, yellow mustard, Chinese mustard, soy and sweet and sour packets. Barbecue packets are the only exception to that rule as they hold one full tablespoon. Tabasco packets hold a little less then a teaspoon but a little goes a long way. With this in mind, you can easily create these sauces when you run out of those tiny packets as well.
Jason’s Special Egg Roll Sauce
3 packets of sweet and sour sauce
1 packet of Hot Chinese Mustard
Mix in a small bowl and serve with egg rolls, pot stickers, left over grilled chicken or pork.
Cocktail Sauce for Left over Fish
1 packet ketchup
2 packets mayonnaise
1 packet horseradish
About 4 drops of limejuice
Mix in a small bowl and serve as a dip for leftover shrimp or scallops. Makes a great sauce for tuna salad sandwiches.
Honey Mustard Dip
2 packets mayonnaise
1 packet yellow mustard
1 teaspoon honey
Mix in a small bowl and serve as a dip for fries, chicken, or as a spread on your favorite sandwich.