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Monday, July 15, 2013
I usually make my own vinaigrette from scratch for pennies compared to bottled dressing. A nice luxury, has been to occasionally purchase Good Seasons salad dressing mix. The last box I know was purchased using a doubled coupon. Still, pretty pricey stuff, especially when one considers that I have an intense spice and herb collection! An alternative that we recently tried and liked, is Aldi's version of GS. A bit more of a basil undertone, it make a nice dressing. For both brands, however, I remain concerned about the amount of salt contained in these packets.
Salad is again on the menu today, and I needed to mix up some more Italian dressing. I used the rest of a bottle of Imported Shoprite EVOO that I got at one of their Can-Can sales, but needed more. I also used some pom. infused red wine, purchased by combining a sale with a coupon.
I rinsed out and attempted to clean out the now empty EVOO bottle, eventually deciding that it needs a run thru the dishwasher tonight. I plan on repurposing this bottle (I've since recycled the plastic bottle diffuser located at the opening of the bottle)for homemade tomato French salad dressing. It's a nicely squared off bottle that will fit well in the door of the fridge.
I was able to shop my pantry for another bottle of EVOO. I knew that I would be running out soon, but a recent quick trip to IGA for a few things didn't yield any decent prices, even with large coupons. I'll try Stop and SHop, Xpect/Marc's if not Aldi's to replenish the pantry. I like to be one bottle ahead on frequently used items like oil, as I hate having to pay whatever because I am out of an ingredient.
So we're set on Italian dressing and there is one more GS packet left (found buried in the cabinet) and then I am out. I am looking for a make it yourself mixture that I can store in a jar, and mix up as needed. The Internet is great for stuff like that, I am pretty certain that I'll find a copycat recipe somewhere.