Has your cupboard and fridge ever gotten overwhelmed by all those little packets and containers of condiments? If you are like me you don’t want to throw them out because you think you will use them later, but them you forget about them when you grab for the bigger jars. Here are some neat things you can do to use up these packets.
Let’s Play Have you ever noticed the colors, scents and textures in these packets?
Decide what you want to discuss with your child (color, texture, scent, etc.).
Grab a muffin tin or egg carton.
For colors, choose bright colored packets or add food coloring to the mayonnaise and creamy white salad dressing. Place each packet in a section of your muffin tin or egg carton, get out a cookie sheet, and use your instant finger paints.
Try putting different textures in each section, and let your child feel the different textures. You can even have your child close their eyes and try to guess each texture.
For older children that like to experiment, give them a bunch of packets and let them get creative! What will happen if you mix baking soda with the salad dressing? How will making the apple jelly and Italian dressing taste?
You can also use these packets for cooking and camping. We are planning a camping trip in August, and I am already starting to save all the packets. Because they are small, some don’t even need to be kept cold, and they are even pre-measured!
Here are ten things you can do for cooking and/or camping:
Little ones love to put their own sauces on their meats and veggies. Using these packets is much more child friendly then the large economy bottles.
Little finicky eaters might try a new food if they can put a familiar condiment on it. If you have five or six different packets, let them make the decision.
They even have single serve spaghetti sauce, which is perfect if you want to make a small portion for a snack. You don’t have to open a great big jar that might go bad before you can use it all.
Our family loves hobo pies, but one likes apple and the other likes cherry. With the packets of jam, you can make a pie to their liking without leftovers and waste. You can even add a little fresh fruit for additional texture.
Mix a mayonnaise packet with ketchup and mustard packets, and you have an instant veggie dip for a snack.
Mix and match different packets to create different dips-the possibilities are endless! You can make Chinese, Mexican, Italian and American, just to name a few.
They can be used for marinades during grilling season. Each person can even have his or her own marinade to grill.
Foil dinners make a nice summer meal. Take a packet of heavy-duty foil, add meat, veggies and starch, and add a few sauce packets. Then place on your grill, use hot wood coals, or bake them in the oven at 350 degrees.
Jams and jellies can be added goodies on pudding, yogurt and ice cream.
Last but not least, use your imagination! The possibly are endless, just have fun and enjoy!