You might think that squeeze bottles are only used by chefs in restaurant kitchens to artfully plate chocolate sauce or raspberry coulis, but here are 3 practical ways they can be put to good use in the home kitchen!
Squeeze bottles are great because they give you more control than wider-mouth bottles when pouring, allowing you to get just the right amount out. Plus, they're inexpensive and can be run through the dishwasher when they get sticky or dirty.
Here are three ways I've put them to good use in my kitchen:
- Oil - Two squeeze bottles of oil, olive and canola, live permanently next to my stove for everyday cooking. This allows me to put as little or as much of it into the pan as I need, which is great when you just need just a little bit in a nonstick pan. I clean the squeeze bottle between refills and store the larger, original bottles of oil out of harmful light.
- Dish Soap - Putting dish soap in a squeeze bottle means I can squeeze just a few drops into wine glasses before I wash them.
- Simple Syrup - My fridge always has a squeeze bottle of simple syrup in it, ready for cocktail hour. When I used to store it in mason jars, the syrup would run down the outside of the jar when I poured and cause an annoying, sticky mess. With the squeeze bottle, I get what I need, then put it straight back in the fridge without even needing to wipe it down.
We don't usually label the squeeze bottles in my house since everyone's familiar with their contents, but you might want to consider doing that, lest someone mistakes simple syrup for clear dish soap!
In what ways do you use squeeze bottles in the kitchen?
(Image credits: Christine Gallary)