Necessity is the mother of invention. And Google.
I was in the middle of making up some yummy, home made stir fry, when I realized that we were totally out of stir fry sauce. Husband offered to go on a run to the store, but he wouldn't have been back in time.
To the internet!
I came across this recipe on food.com, which looked simple enough - and I had all of the ingredients. Time to grab a bowl.
I made a couple of minor changes as I went. This is an easy recipe to customize!
2-3 tbsp corn starch
1/4 cup brown sugar (I used white sugar and 1 tsp molasses)
1/4 tsp ground ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced (I had to use 2 tsp garlic powder. My kitchen really needs restocking!)
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup vinegar (I used white, but ACV is good, too)
1/2 cup water* (I left this out)
1 1/2 cups broth* (I used one cup of water and 1 cup of water and some Better Than Bullion).
*This sauce was very thin. I didn't want to spend time waiting for it to cook down (since my veggies were almost cooked), so I cut out a lot of the water, and could have cut still more.
Mix, use what you will, and freeze the rest for future meals. (This made about 3 batches worth for me).
Personalize this! Make it your own! Feel in a citrusy mood? Add some orange juice. Feeling spicy? Add some crushed red pepper. It's a basic sauce, and is a great starting point.
Original: one bottle was getting us through 2 big meals and cost about $3. So $1.50 per use.
DIY version: Nada. I had all the ingredients. So, $0.
Man. The more I learn, the cheaper dinner is becoming!
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