Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Another Bottom of the Jar Day

For those who follow my blog, you are aware that I love to cook from the bottom of jars.  For those who are first time readers, that means that when I have the end of some product that often won't come out of the bottom of a jar, such as jelly, mustard, chutney etc, I like to use the jar as a vessel to create a marinade or sauce or dressing thereby "washing" the remaining tasty bits off the jar walls.  After all, I paid for the entire contents of the jar, not just the product that comes out of it easily.

Today, I wanted to put some pork ribs in the slow cooker for the day.  I had no barbecue sauce and since I am trying to cut the sugar in what we eat, commercial barbecue sauces are not on my shopping list any longer.  I did have a jar of sugar free apricot preserves in the fridge though.  Well, it wasn't actually a usable jar, since there was barely a few tablespoons left and they were stuck to the bottom and sides of the jar.  I looked at the jar and had an instant "bottom of the jar idea".  

I took the jar and added a few tablespoons each  of soy sauce, freshly grated ginger, garlic, dehydrated onions, a teaspoon of toasted sesame oil and 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar.  I closed the lid and shook vigorously to dislodge the sticky bits stuck to the jar.  I then placed the country style pork ribs in one layer at the bottom of my slow cooker and poured this sweet and spicy goodness over the ribs.  They are now cooking at medium heat.  I will turn it down to low in a few hours and let it go all day.  I can't wait to eat them.  The fragrance of spices and pork running through the house is intoxicating.

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