Friday, August 19, 2005

Top 10 Ways To Use Up Flat Cola

We have all done it. Had a big house party or picnic and left out some soda without tightening the cap. Well, as we all know, soda will not last long that way and goes flat quickly. If you have been tossing the flat cola out, here are some tips to allow you to recycle it in the kitchen.

1) Make a Cake This easy sheet cake is wonderfully decadent and rich. The cola enhances the flavor of the chocolate without adding cola flavor. Loaded with chocolate chips, you can use your favorite chocolate frosting or sprinkle liberally with powdered sugar.More: Coca-Cola Chocolate Chip Cake Recipe

2) Make a 7-bone roast 7-bone roasts are one of the few remaining beef values these days, economical and flavorful. You won't taste cola, but the gravy is to die for! Oven-baked pot roast and vegetables is enhanced by a rich gravy. Can also be made in a slow cooker.More: Coca-Cola 7-Bone Roast Recipe

3) Make a ham Southern ham cooked in cola must be tried to be believed. Bone-in ham is first boiled in cola with an onion, then baked in a glaze of mustard, molasses, and cloves.More: Ham in Coca-Cola Recipe

4) Make a barbecued pork sandwich Start with boneless center cut pork loin or pork shoulder and marinate for a day in a mixture of cola, Worcestershire, vinegar, and garlic. Then slow-roast about 3 hours with a cola and Jack Daniels sauce for utterly delicious pulled pork sandwiches. Try this with different sodas, such as root beer and cherry or use brisket instead of pork.More: Pulled Pork Sandwich with Jack and Coke BBQ Sauce Recipe

5) Make a molded salad Perfect for Thanksgiving, potlucks, or family dinners, make this in a pretty molded shape for extra pizzazz. The salad uses cranberry sauce, gelatin, pineapple, nuts, and cream cheese for a rich texture. Goes together quickly.More: Cranberry Soda Molded Salad Recipe

6) Make spareribs in the crock-pot Start these ribs in the crockpot and finish with a cola sauce on the grill or under the oven broiler. Plan at least a day ahead for pre-cooking in the crockpot, refrigeration overnight, and then finishing on the grill or under the broiler.More: Crockpot Grilled Spareribs Recipe

7) Make a sweet and sour brisket Cola in the sauce helps tenderize brisket. Flavoring ingredients include onion, fresh ginger, garlic, Dijon mustard, red wine, honey, vinegar, soy sauce, and cloves. Ginger ale may be substituted for the cola. Make the brisket the day before and reheat for best flavor.More: Brisket in Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe

8) Make a prime rib roast Plan a day ahead to marinate this roast in a mixture of olive oil, cherry cola, Worcestershire sauce, oregano, thyme, onion powder, garlic, and a special Greek seasoning blend before grilling and smoking.More: Prime Rib in Cherry Coke Recipe

9) Make beef jerky This beef jerky marinade can also be used on meats to be cooked on the grill or broiled. Marinate from 2 hours to overnight. The cola helps break down the fibers and tenderize the meat.More: Beef Jerky or Grilling Marinade Recipe

10) Make a baked brisket Cola not only tenderizes this brisket, it also makes a fabulous gravy. Requires no marination, but plan on up to three hours of cooking time to cook the brisket.More: Coke Brisket Recipe


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