Cooking Hacks Using Pantry Staples

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Many of us have items in our pantry that have been sitting there for months. Celebrity Chef Ryan Scott joined us live with ideas on how you can make the most out of these products you already have in your pantry and get the most bang for your buck.  For more information on Chef Ryan Scott, you can follow him on twitter or his facebook page @ChefRyanScott.

For more information on the recipes demonstrated in the segment, see the details below.

  1. Pantry Staple: Boxed Mac & Cheese

Use the leftover pasta we all have in our pantry, and revamp the classic mac and cheese dish – you’re never too old for mac and cheese! Try Ryan’s Mac & Cheese Spring Rolls recipe for a new take on the classic. For an even easier option, simply replace the filling with the store-bough Kraft Mac & Cheese recipe. Voila—it’s that easy!

  1. Pantry Staple: Leftover Rice

Tend to order too much Chinese takeout, and never seem to finish the white rice that comes on the side? A go-to meal for lunch – combine your day-old rice with a pantry staple that we all have in our pantry—canned or pouch tuna. One of my tricks is using a pre-seasoned packaged version. StarKist Gourmet Selects even has a Mexican style- it’s premium with real jalapenos and sunflower oil mixed in already, so you’re saving money buying those extra ingredients and saving time having to mix and cut everything up.

  1. Pantry Staple: Nearly Empty Condiment Jars

We all have condiment jars that are near finished. We try and scrape every last bit out, but end up just throwing it out and not using it to its full potential. Instead, add additional ingredients right into the condiment jars for easy dressings, sauces, etc.

Add soy sauce, lemon juice and olive oil to your just-about-empty Dijon mustard. Shake up and you have a delicious salad dressing. Pour warm milk directly into your nearly finished Nutella jar for a hot chocolate treat.

  1. Pantry Staple: Stale Bread

Don’t throw away stale bread just yet! Get the most out of the loaf but using it for a few things—French toast, bread pudding, or even croutons! For a simple bread pudding, crumble up 4 pieces of the stale bread, and combine them with 3 eggs, 2 cups of milk, some brown sugar and some butter. Bake for about 45 minutes on 350 degrees, and done!

  1. Pantry Staple: Flat Soda

Don’t just throw out soda when it goes flat! Turn flat soda into tasty popsicles. Pour the soda into ice cube trays or popsicle molds for a sweet, money-saving dessert. To switch up the flavor, add some maraschino cherries or different fruits to the mixture.

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