This Hack Keeps You From Wasting That Last Bit of Mayo

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The next time you're almost done with a jar of mayo, don't be so quick to rinse it out. You can actually use the last bits of mayonnaise to make homemade dressing, thanks to a brilliant trick by @byjillee on Instagram.

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Simply add a bit of milk and Ranch seasoning to the jar, then give it a good shake. This will create a silky dressing that can be tossed with salad or served as a dip. It also doesn't hurt that the liquid nature of the dressing will make the jar slightly easier to clean.

Of course, if you don't eat dairy, you can use a plant-based milk of your choice; just make sure it's unflavored and unsweetened. Another option is to use fresh or dried herbs instead of pre-made Ranch seasoning. Add-ins like dill, parsley, chives, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt are perfect for a Ranch-like taste.

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Alternatively, you can skip the Ranch flavor and go for totally different ingredients. For example, one Instagram user commented that they like to add sriracha and lemon juice to a nearly-empty jar of mayo. The result is a delicious sauce that they eat with salmon. Yum!

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Other ways to use up leftover condiments:

Similarly, you can turn the last bits of nut butter into overnight oatmeal. All you need to do is add oats, non-dairy milk, and fruits to the jar, then refrigerate it overnight. The finished dish will be easy to scoop out, making your jar easier to clean (and reuse!) as well.

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Almost finished with a jar of jam? Add your favorite milk and shake it up. This hack for using the last bit of jam creates a tasty fruit-flavored milk. From there, you can mix in other ingredients — like vanilla extract or maple syrup — and enjoy it like you would any other milk.

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