Alison’s thinking about ketchup conservation:
At my house, one of the things I despise most is rinsing globs of ketchup off of plates after meals. The smell makes me gag, and if it has dried at all it requires a fairly intensive scrubbing before putting it in the dishwasher. Additionally, it’s wasteful. Perfectly good ketchup – GONE.
We have a one year-old so we currently have a stockpile of the small Take n’ Toss snack cups with lids. When we eat a meal that requires ketchup, I have started putting the ketchup in the small cup instead of on the plate. When we are finished eating, if there’s a lot of ketchup left I just put a lid on it and put it in the fridge for the next time. There are different color cups so we can tell them apart. If only I could get my husband on the ketchup cup bandwagon, my ketchup woes would be solved!
My only caution: double-dipping. If one uses a little spoon to take out tiny bits of ketchup, then ok, but if there’s any food going directly into the ketchup, you risk contamination and spoilage. Another idea: much smaller servings directly on the plate.