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Cooking oils, dressings, sauces and squeeze jars

By Mike Thayer

It's not an original idea, but it is a great one...

Put cooking oils, salad dressings and sauces - things you use frequently - in squeeze bottles.

There is a reason the makers of ketchup and mustard started putting their products in customized plastic squeeze bottles in addition to traditional glass bottles and jars decades ago.  A squeeze bottle is convenient.  You get the perfect serving portion to your liking.  And not only is it a faster way to put ketchup or mustard on a sandwich, hot dog or burger, it's less of a mess too.  There's no need to pull out a knife to spread mustard around, there's no slow wait for ketchup to come out of a bottle.

While that way back commercial was humorous, nobody likes to wait for the ketchup to come out of the bottle.  For us older folks, remember those impatient ones at the diner who thumped the bottom of the bottle which often resulted in ketchup going somewhere they didn't want it too, or getting a mountain of ketchup on that burger rather than the small dollop they wanted?  Then there was the other guy who would stick a knife down the bottle to retrieve the ketchup, making a huge mess, ketchup running down the length of the knife and the guy having to ask the waitress for extra napkins?  Where you one of those guys?

20181211_184209-1With those diners and restaurants in mind, it didn't take them long to pick up that squeeze bottle concept ball and run with it in their kitchens.  They started taking their cooking oils, dressings and secret sauces out of their original bottles, containers and mixing bowls and putting them in much easier to use, squeeze bottles.  Food manufacturers too, found the squeeze bottle to be a better vessel for packaging and marketing their products and why these days, you now see so many items like BBQ sauce, mayonnaise, Sriracha and heck, even pickle relish in customized squeeze bottles.

So why shouldn't us bachelors, do the same for our favorites in our kitchens?  Put olive oil, canola oil, Ranch dressing, home made Arby's sauce, an impromptu aioli, in squeeze bottles. That's what I've got in squeeze bottles at my place, always at the ready.  I focus on items I use often and I usually buy things in bulk like Ranch dressing for example, so squeeze bottles only make sense.  I've got my cooking oils conveniently staged near the stove, I've got dressings, sauces and aiolis requiring refrigeration stashed in the door shelf of the fridge.  The use of squeeze bottles makes everything easier, from food prep to plating.  It's convenient, it's faster, it's precise portion control, it's smarter storage (no mixing bowl covered with plastic wrap), it's virtually no mess......  unless you've got really bad aim.....

Squeeze bottles rock!

$pend Wisely My Friends.....

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