I just read the best idea to reduce waste and help in the kitchen!

@dragon54u (31635)
United States
February 6, 2011 10:06am CST
I get the Dollar Stretcher newsletter, have for years, and there's some very good ideas in this freebie newsletter. Today I read that instead of throwing away the juice in canned fruit I can save it and use it in salad dressing--"add some balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, and spices to your liking to make a delicious salad dressing." It also suggested using those juices in braising meat like beef or chicken. I think chicken simmered in pear juice would be absolutely wonderful!! I think if you added some ketchup and hot mustard you'd have a nice sweet and sour sauce. Just thought I'd pass this along. Anyone else have more good ideas for reducing waste and saving money while improving your recipes?
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• Pamplona, Spain
26 Feb 11
Hiya dragon, Dollar Stretcher Newsletter I have not heard of that one no to honest never. Looks like they give you a lot of good tips too. Nice ideas the ones that you have written down here I will think about using something like that myself. I am reducing waste and saving money a little at least. I plan to stick to that all I can this year.
@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
26 Feb 11
I love the Stretcher! When you think of some good money saving ideas you can get something out of them by submitting them to Day Tipper dot com. They give you a dollar per tip!
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• Pamplona, Spain
27 Feb 11
Hiya dragon, Great idea that except I don´t know if my tips would serve for anything or anyone as probably most of us have the same ideas. For that I don´t think that they would give me a Dollar a Tip for something somebody else has thought of or do they?. Well I might think about it and look at the page later on when I can settle down to something in peace and quiet. Thanks for that too by the way.
@hofferp (4739)
• United States
7 Feb 11
I must be a weird one, but I never throw the juice away from canned fruit, I just drink it. But using it as a salad dressing sounds interesting. I can't think of things I do to reduce waste and save money. I save now by buying store brand items instead of brand name products. Sometimes I can taste the difference, but most of the time it's good enough, since I'm not big in to cooking, eating... I just do it because you have to eat sometime. Do you get the Dollar Stretcher newsletter online?
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
7 Feb 11
I signed up for the Dollar Stretcher about 8 years ago and have gotten it in my email ever since! It's saved me a lot of money and given me a lot of good suggestions. I've never saved canned fruit juice before but it's nice to know there is a purpose for it. I hate throwing anything away, it feels so wasteful!
@hofferp (4739)
• United States
7 Feb 11
I'm going to look it up, thanks. I hate wasting stuff too. Maybe the Dollar Stretcher will help me too.
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@marguicha (106062)
• Chile
6 Feb 11
I have never thrown those juices. I serve them with the fruit as a compote. Not that I use much canned fruit: I prefer real fruit and I add real orange juice with a bit of sugar as juice. That also works as an antioxidant and their beautiful colour remains. I have also found out that making meals from scratch saves a lot of money not only in groceries but in doctor´s bills.
@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
6 Feb 11
Yes, cooking for yourself saves a LOT on doctor bills!! Have you ever noticed how much sodium in in canned, prepared and frozen foods?! I usually cook everything from scratch and when I cut out most of my salt last year I felt 10x better!
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@marguicha (106062)
• Chile
6 Feb 11
My pantry is full now and I believe that in all I have 2 tuna cans, 1 condensed milk and one of canned tomatoes (I´ll probably give that one to one of my daughters as my tomato plants are thriving and I´m eating more than my share of tomatoes this year. Next week I will probably start with sauces for the freezer.
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@GreenMoo (11842)
6 Feb 11
I'd heard that the Dollar Stretcher newsletter was a good one. I love getting hints and tips from elsewhere. Sometimes I kick myself, thinking 'I wish I'd thought of that earlier!' I do actually hand onto the juice from cans of fruit. I would normally use it next time I make a dessert, but if I haven't got one planned then it keeps for a little while decanted into an old glass jar if you keep it cool. I often have olive oil or vinegar spare which has been previously used to store veggies in. This makes fabulous dressings for salads as it has a little of the flavours left and sometimes the last scraps of whatever the veggie was.
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
6 Feb 11
I never thought of using the oil or vinegar. I suppose you could also do it with pickle juice, that would be yummy too!
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@GreenMoo (11842)
6 Feb 11
Pickle juice is just the shop bought version of the vinegar I have after I've finished my preserved veggies really. It makes lovely dressings, particularly if it still has a few mustard seeds or whatever in it.
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
16 Feb 11
I rarely eat canned fruit and when I do I rarely have juice left over...lol. I do have though when I use sliced pineapple for salads or bbq. I'm curious about the chicken simmered in pear juice...would you use chicken pieces, cooked chicken, whole chicken and cook it where...in the oven? On the stove top?
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@shibham (17022)
• India
8 Feb 11
Hi dragon... its really nice idea that you have shared here. As i am not a housewife so i cant suggest you here but can produce your idea to my mom.
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
8 Feb 11
Maybe you'll remember this and pass it on to your wife when you get married!
@siZidni (1860)
• Indonesia
7 Feb 11
wow that's a great idea. but i am not in to cooking. especially western taste food. i am an original indonesian, don't quite like that canned food. hmh i let you know after i ask my wife how she save money in our kitchen. :)
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
7 Feb 11
Ask her, we'd all like to hear it! Most of us are looking for ways to save and as you can see, we've gotten a lot of suggestions here. I look forward to your wife's knowledge!
7 Feb 11
Wow i have never heard of that one i will have to try it as i love salad dressing but they are usually so high in fat thanks for sharing.
@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
7 Feb 11
You're very welcome! Don't forget to try it when you marinade or stir-fry meat!
@yoyo1198 (3643)
• United States
7 Feb 11
Hi, dragon....I also get the Dollar Stretcher. I've used canned juice in pies and cakes and when cooking meats and even in some vegetables. You know those inner liner bags in cereal boxes? I save them up and when I need to flatten some cuts of meat (with my kitchen mallet)I just put the meat in the bag and flail away at it. They're practically indestructable, much more so than the plastic storage bags or wax paper. I've kept all the rubber bands that came with my newspaper delivery and tie the freezer paper with them when I'm throwing stuff into the freezer. I'v made several reusable shopping bags (crochet) so that I don't have to haul those plastic ones home from the grocery store.
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
7 Feb 11
That's a good idea about the cereal bags and meat! Be careful with those reusable bags. There have been some cases of food poisoning because meat juices and their bacteria get in the bag and contaminate other foods.
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@SIMPLYD (86490)
• Philippines
7 Feb 11
Those left over juices from the crushed pineapple you used in salads could be added to the marinade of your barbecue. When i make a cucumber salad, i don't throw away the dressing at once. I keep it in the chiller, where i could use it again to make a radish salad also.
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
7 Feb 11
I love pineapple, it improves everything! I've even put it in salsa and that's really good. The suggestion about the barbecue sauce is something I'll have to try, thanks!
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@bellis716 (4806)
• United States
7 Feb 11
The only time I throw away the juice or cooking liquid from canned food is that on hominy, water chestnuts and bamboo shoots. I have yet to find a use for those. I use the liquid from vegetables in soups and gravies and the juice from fruits in jello or drinks. I save the potato water for gravy, but I retain some of it to add when mashing the potatoes after adding powered milk or powdered creamer. I keep a container in the freezer and put small amounts of leftover meats, pasta and vegetables. When it gets full, we have soup. Sometimes, I don't have to add anything. but other times, I add such things as onions, celery, tomatoes, and cabbage. Bullion cubes might be added, if there was not much meat in the soup container.
@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
7 Feb 11
I do the soup container in the freezer, too. Mine is in the freezer because I live alone and don't have to cook all that much and of course, the portions are smaller. Nothing goes to waste in this house!
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• United States
6 Feb 11
I have actually used the juice in canned fruit to mix with my cottage cheese when I am out of fruit. Also I have added the fruit juice to my yogurts to give it a more fruity taste.
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
6 Feb 11
That's a great idea, thanks!
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• United States
6 Feb 11
There are very interesting tips. I think the chicken simmered in pear juice is worth trying. Thanks!
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
6 Feb 11
Yep, I liked it mainly because I hate any kind of waste. I'm planning on cooking chicken in mandarin orange juice when I open that can, adding peppers, onions and pineapple. Yum!
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@GardenGerty (105344)
• United States
6 Feb 11
Growing up we made popsicles from it. Better than the chemical ones for sure. I seldom use canned fruits, but these are good ideas. I do have a recipe for brandied fruits for making a cake and there is always a lot of left over fluids. Supposed to share with friends. I may use some of these ideas with that. If I use canned veggies I save all the liquids, even if I cook a can of beans, for instance and it does not all boil away. I freeze these juices and broths for stock for soup.
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
6 Feb 11
That's a great idea about the canned vegetable liquid! I never thought about that one. When my kids were little I'd make them yogurt pops, they loved them. They never knew what a Popsicle was till they were in school!
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
6 Feb 11
If there's no added sugar in the juice then that's a great idea. Nova (myLotter) gave me a recipe for chicken cooked in orange juice. Sounds like that would go well with the juice from canned oranges.
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
6 Feb 11
I have some canned mandarin oranges that I plan to open soon and I'll be saving the juice to cook some chicken in--yummy! Might add some pineapple, green bell pepper and onions to make it even better! I always buy the fruit packed in juice instead of the heavy syrup. Saves on calories and I think it tastes better, too!
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@bunnybon7 (37915)
• Holiday, Florida
6 Feb 11
i get the dollar stretcher also. but cant think right now what all ive tried in it. i do freeze a lot of things, left over, etc. because theres just 2 of us and son loves those deals at Fry's here. in other areas its called Krogers and im wondering if they hooked up with sams club or something because they now have if you buy 10 of certain things you get like a dollar or 2 off of each. we will not have to buy dishwasher tabs for the dishwasher for a year probably last time we went to frys son grabbed 10 boxes of Finish, what we always use. im like, "what the heck?" he said, well, if you buy 10 they are only $2.50 a box. if not, they are 3.75 a box! what a guy.
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
6 Feb 11
You're a good teacher! I used to take my kids shopping and they loved to compare prices, sizes, etc. and my eldest is very thrifty. It didn't really take with the youngest but one out of two isn't bad! I remember Fry's from my time in AZ. It's part of the Kroger chain--they have some really great sales sometimes!
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
6 Feb 11
Wonderful tips. I have always hated to throw out jucies from canned fruit. I never thought about using them with meats. My hint is to keep regular cereal boxes and buy large containers of dry cereal from Costco or other warehouse stores use this as a replacement after using the cereal in your regular boxes, then store the rest of the supply in the freezer or refrig if you can. This way you save by buying big and can still store away in the smaller boxes. Since there are only two of us this works well.
@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
6 Feb 11
That's a great tip! I read on the Stretcher awhile back about a lady that saves the bags from cereal and reuses them for other things rather than throwing them away. You have a good way to save money with cereal, I'll start doing that!
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• United States
6 Feb 11
That's a good idea to use it as a maranaide or as a dressing. I've heard of using the juices and making them into ice cubes and adding them to kool-aid.
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
6 Feb 11
I never heard of adding it to Kool-Aid but my kids would've loved that when they were little--gives it a bit of nutrition, too!
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@KrauseHome (35507)
• United States
30 Apr 11
Quite interesting tips. Using it when searing meats does sound good. I think it would definately add something different to the taste for sure. As for dressings and such we have done that before, and I have seen many types of different dressings for things made from all kinds of other stuff. I think when it comes to cooking and being creative the possibilities are endless.
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
1 May 11
I used pear juice to cook chicken in and it was absolutely delicious--not too sweet but meaty. I was just glad to find something that prevented waste, I can't believe how much food people throw out every day.
@marguicha (106062)
• Chile
25 Apr 11
I have never thrown away the yummy syrup of the canned fruit. If you don´t want to use is in elaborate ways, you can only add some water and use is instead of buying a soft drink. As for other juices from canned food, they can be added to a risotto or any other rice to give it more flavour. I save the liquid fron canned tuna and seafood and with another seafood can or a bit of fish I make a wonderful soup.
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
25 Apr 11
Using it for rice is a wonderful idea, thank you!! As for the juice from tuna and other seafood, I add it to my dogs' dry food and they love it. I don't really care for fish soup besides clam chowder and I like that less and less as I grow older, for some reason. Nevertheless, I hate waste and what I don't eat, my dogs do. I can hardly believe it when I read about how much food Americans throw into the garbage.