The other day, we got some fast food, which included what seemed to be unusually large fountain drinks. So large that we didn't come close to finishing it. And because I sometimes have these irrational hoarder tendencies, I saved the leftover Coke. It was almost a quart!
Of course, one doesn't drink leftover flat Coke. So I wondered if if I could cook with it. And the Internet said I could!
The Coke website, as it turns out, has a whole section of recipes that uses Coke or other soft drinks. And there's this Cooking with Coke site. I had no idea you could incorporate soft drinks into your appetizers, side dishes, AND main courses! Not to mention desserts!
Should I make the Coca-Cola meatloaf? The Coca-Cola cranberry chutney? The Hungarian goulash spiked with Coke? The Coca-Cola Italian minestrone?
I had almost settled on the Coca-Cola cherry salad (it also calls for a tub of whipped topping!) when I started to ask myself some questions.
Do I even like the taste of Coke?
- Answer: Actually, not really. I like cold Coke on a hot day, but I kind of like anything cold and fizzy and sweet on a hot day.
- Answer: No, it is loaded with high fructose corn syrup, caffeine, and a whole lot of other chemicals that are not only nutritionally empty but potentially harmful.
But the question that really made a difference to me:
Didn't the Coke come with ice?
- Answer: Yes, it did, and fast food ice machines are notoriously filthy. FILTHY. Those ice machines and soda fountain nozzles are rarely cleaned correctly.
I decided that this was going down the path of madness, and so I dumped the leftover Coke and didn't cook anything with it. And just thinking about Coke so much made me wish I didn't drink it in the first place.
But I'm bookmarking that Coca-Cola Rice recipe, for future reference.