Some food jars seem like they're actually designed to prevent you from enjoying every last bit inside. The remnants of sticky foods like Nutella and peanut butter are almost impossible to scrape out with a knife or spoon, and it's a shame to throw out something that tastes so good—especially when it's the best part.
A spatula could help you get that last drop out from the walls or bottom easier, but that's just ruining your chance at maximizing the full potential of those remains into something even more tasty. Rather than trying to get the food out of the jar, you should be pouring something else in.
I'm going to show you just a few of my favorite things you can do with those remaining bits of Nutella or peanut butter that will guarantee you won't ever waste them again.
Pour cold milk into an almost empty bottle of chocolate syrup or Nutella to make a cold drink, or heat it first and make Nutella hot chocolate. All you have to do is shake it up a little and you've got an instant sweet beverage.
Put a scoop of your favorite ice cream in the jar and use the leftover Nutella or peanut butter as a topping. That way, you avoid wasting food and sweeten your snack.
Some people would consider oatmeal a boring breakfast, but not when you add a sweet spread like peanut butter or Nutella. Use this recipe on HungryLittleGirl for an overnight refrigerator version, or if you don't feel like waiting, just make some regular oatmeal and put it in the jar while it's warm.
Make your plain-tasting healthy cereal better by using your almost empty jar as a bowl. Just pour it in, add some milk and gently shake to mix it all together.
Pour about a cup of your favorite cake batter into the jar and stick it in the microwave for about 45 seconds. The result is a light and fluffy single serving cake that doesn't even need frosting.
If none of these ideas appeal to you (or you just feel like pampering your pooch), let your dog have what's left in your peanut butter jar. It'll be a treat, plus it occupies them for a while. Win-win.
Just make sure to only do this with peanut butter, and preferably a brand without a ton of added sugar. Nutella and other chocolatey treats are like poison for dogs.
What's your favorite way to finish off an almost empty jar? Share with us in the comments.