Wasteless Wednesday: Some Soda for Pop

Couldn’t we all use a little more soda to fizz up our food choices? Even when your favorite soda has gone flat or unopened cans sit piled in your cupboard and fridge taking up precious space, these exceptional recipes will save you money and add that addicting burst of vibrant flavor.

This first recipe will come in handy in KC where we know our barbeque like the back of our grilling hands.


Coca-Cola BBQ Sauce 


1 can of coca cola

1 ½ cups of ketchup

1/3 cup Worchester sauce

1 tsp. liquid smoke (found adjacent to BBQ sauce in many supermarkets)

1/3 cup A-1 steak sauce

½ tsp. onion powder

½ tsp. garlic powder

½ tsp. black pepper 


1.    Combine ingredients in heavy saucepan over medium heat.

2.    Reduce heat to maintain simmer, continue 6-8 minutes or until sauce is reduced by about ¼

3.    Transfer sauce to clean jars and let cool to room temp

4.    Refrigerate until ready to serve

This sauce lasts for several months refrigerated. Add to chicken, ribs, pork, or other meats to enhance flavor.

Based on http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/coca-cola-barbeque-sauce-recipe.html  


This next recipe is so fun and fruity, you’ll wonder why you never thought of it before.

Soda Pop Jell-O

The basic idea behind this recipe is substituting the water in Jell-O recipes for the same flavor of pop you have. If you were making orange Jell-O you would want to sub the water with Orange pop, or Cherry Vanilla Coke with vanilla and cherry flavors etc.



1 packet of flavored Jell-O

1 can of flavored pop

½ cup sugar of choice 


1.    Pour can of soda into saucepan and boil over medium heat

2.    Combine sugar and packet of Jell-O in a separate bowl

3.    Once soda is boiling, remove from heat and add to bowl of sugar and Jell-O

4.    Stir well with spoon

5.    While warm, divide Jell-O into individual serving dishes and cover with plastic wrap

6.    Place dishes into refrigerator until jelled

7.    Enjoy with whip cream, and fruit of choice.



1. You can preserve cut fruit better if you soak it in soda pop and refrigerate. Trying this method and combining it with the Soda Pop Jell-O will make for a bubbly snack. 

2. Pour leftover soda into ice cube trays. Use in glass of soda to prevent watering down of liquid.

Inspired by http://andreadekker.com/8-creative-uses-for-flat-soda/


Enjoy these fizzy treats until next Wasteless Wednesday