Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Gadgets & Toys Part I - Salad Dressing Cruet

At a miniscule 25¢, this is definitely one of the better bargains I have ever got from a yard sale.

Over the last year, I have been making a concerted effort to both drop some weight and to cut down on my spending. One of the easiest ways I found to do both of these things was to stop buying commercially produced salad dressing. Even the ones that claim to be 'Low Fat' or 'Calorie-Wise', still seemed to have quite a lot of fat and calories. I think I've said this before, but it's worth repeating - nothing ruins the good intentions of a nice green salad like a splat of creamy high-cal dressing.

Since I got the sweet baby pictured above, I have been making my own balsamic dressing. It's really easy. I know, I know, it's possible to make dressing without a Good Seasons salad dressing beaker, but I know I never did. It's foolproof. Well, as much as anything's foolproof. The lines on the side indicate where to fill each ingredient to, then you shake to mix it up. Um, after firmly snapping the lid on. Don't ask.

My favourite combination so far has been extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, water, a splootch of honey-dijon mustard and some fresh-ground pepper.


cassie-b said...

I find that making your own salad dressing is also healthier. You know what goes into it, and you can use the ingredients you prefer. I think I have one of those Good Seasons things in my basement. I'll have to look around.

Your recipe sounds great.

Skeezix said...

I love my good seasonings salad dressing maker, but unfortunately it isn't as cool retro-looking like yours.

And this weekend while making white gravy slurry for the chicken fried steak I managed to shake it all over her cabinets and floor.

Ian said...

Thanks! For some reason, it's also easier to use less dressing per serving. I have no idea why...

Chicken Fried Steak is one of my favourite guilty pleasures. It's the shiznit! Especially with the white sauce. Mmmmmm.... slurry....