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What to do With Leftover Condiments

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Whether you’re planning to grill everything in your box this summer or just gearing up to clean out your fridge afterward, we want to make sure you have lots of delicious options. Creating something delicious is often even more rewarding when you make it with the ingredients that are already in your fridge. For instance, the million and one leftover condiments we all seem to accumulate after barbecues.

Pickle Juice

quick pickles

Pickles, whether homemade or store-bought, are perhaps the ultimate snack. Just be sure to keep the pickle juice when you finish them since it makes an easy and delicious marinade for meat or vegetables. We love it as a fool-proof way to brine chicken, but you should experiment and find your favorite way to use pickle juice! It’s also excellent dashed into a Bloody Mary.


If there are a few teaspoons of mustard clinging to the inside of a jar, don’t give up. That last bit of mustard is the perfect addition to an easy vinaigrette, and you can even use that mustard jar to mix the vinaigrette for a truly zero-waste dressing.


Think ketchup is just good for burgers and fries? Think again! Ketchup is one of the most versatile sauces we regularly cook with since it’s got a perfect balance of sweet, salty, savory, and tangy flavor. This means that the last bit of ketchup is the perfect foundation for a glaze or even a homemade sweet and sour or barbecue sauce.

Have other condiments around?

Any hot sauce is delicious when combined with yogurt to make a creamy, spicy dip or a base for coleslaw.

Hoisin sauce is the perfect sweet and salty addition to a vinaigrette or homemade barbecue sauce.

Worcestershire sauce is the secret ingredient for exceptional homemade Caesar salad dressing.

Sriracha is excellent mixed with butter or oil and spread on corn on the cob.

If you’ve got a lot of leftover condiments after a barbecue, you can always combine your extra ketchup, relish, mayo, horseradish, and Worcestershire Sauce to make homemade Russian dressing to put on a sandwich!


  • Galen Hazelhofer
    July 7, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    I am vegan and it would be nice if you had a vegan section for the items that are vegan. Obviously, all the fruits and veggies are but your other products are all mixed in and I have to pull up the description to see if it’s vegan or not and if it doesn’t say vegan, I take a pass. It would be soooooooo VERY nice for us vegans to have our own section so we could just know what products are vegan without having to go through a lot of scrolling and pulling down tabs!
    Thanks so very much!
    Ms. Galen Hazelhofer

    • Imperfect
      July 8, 2019 at 5:40 pm

      Hey Galen!

      Thanks so much for reading our blog and for the thoughtful suggestion. This is a fantastic idea! We’ll pass this along to our product team!

  • Jo Archer
    May 20, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    A little bit of catsup added to mayo makes a great dip, sandwich spread or salad dressing.

    • Imperfect
      May 25, 2021 at 5:46 pm

      Yes! Totally! 😛


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