We all know the sauces you get for free from most fast food places. Most of the time they get thrown away or end up on your car floor, never to be seen again until you clean or accidentally step on one. With the variety of sauces and dressings available today, I’ve began keeping the extra and using them in new ways. Here’s some ways you can use your collection of unused sauce to give your food an extra kick.
Ranch(Various Stores)– Probably the most common of all the dressings on this list. Not only can you put this on a salad at home or use it as a dip for fries and chicken nuggets, try putting one serving of ranch in your next batch of mashed potatoes or mix with an avocado for a healthy spin on this classic flavor.
Apple Vinaigrette(Chik-Fil-A)– This is one of the best tasting salad dressings from any fast food restaurants with a unique blend of Italian and sweet apple flavors. My favorite use of this is a marinade for pork chops but you could also try this on plain fresh veggies or on a ham sandwich for an extra kick of zest.
Hot Sauce(Taco Bell-All Varieties)– This is probably the one that I have and use the most of. I’ve found that these sauces can be added to almost anything for extra flavor. Try adding some to white or brown rice or on top of a hard boiled egg for some extra hotness. You can also mix this one with ranch for a whole new dressing for salad or fries.
Mac Sauce(McDonalds)– This is one that will cost you a small amount but they will sell it on the side by request. The unique flavor has made millions fall in love with the Big Mac burger and you can use it at home too. Try it on a burger at home for a similar taste or use it in place of your favorite salad dressing. One of my friends even likes it on top of mashed potatoes.
BBQ Sauce(Various Stores)– This is usually given with drilled or fried chicken and is the classic tangy BBQ taste. Try dipping your fries in this sauce for a unique blend of flavors or use in part of an overnight marinade for more moist meat. Like hot sauce you can also add it to ranch for a dressing with totally new flavors.
Malt Vinegar(Long John Silvers)– This is the clear brown liquid with a sour taste that you can dip anything from the restaurant in. This is great for using on seafood at home and putting on baked fries for a Boardwalk Fry taste. Also, adding one packet to hydrating beans or rice will help them cook faster and more evenly.
Soy Sauce(Chinese Food Restaurants)– This is the salty liquid that traditionally is put on rice and Asian cuisine. Next time you have extra soy sauce try adding some to your next stir fry, meat brine, or marinade for some extra flavor in place of salt.
Buffalo Sauce(Various Stores)– This is the classic wing flavor that you’ll generally get for any food that needs an extra kick. Try using this sauce in hamburger meat before cooking or toss some baked chicken fingers with it for your own homemade boneless wings. My favorite use is to mix it with spaghetti sauce to turn up the heat on pasta.
Sweet&Sour Sauce(McDonalds)– This is McDonalds spin on the classic sweet and sour sauce found in Asian cooking. Try adding this to plain rice and veggies for a whole new dish. This also works well as a marinade for pork and chicken overnight.
Garlic Sauce(Papa Johns)– This sauce comes with every pizza and in most situations sits in the box ignored. Try glazing your chicken or pork with this before baking for a delicious garlic butter taste. You can also spice up bland foods like mashed potatoes or brown rice with this sauce.
These are only ten of the hundreds of varieties that you can get from your local fast food restaurants. When it comes to reusing these sauces you’re only limited by your own creativity. Try any of these with your own cooking to add something extra to your meal Enjoy!