This TikTok-Famous Gadget Might Just Make You a Better Baker

published Nov 8, 2021
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2 baked cake layers in their tins
Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman; Food Styling: Cyd McDowell

If you count yourself among TikTok’s billion plus users, you’ve no doubt seen your share of viral memes and dance challenges. But if you’re not taking advantage of TikTok’s knack for unearthing life-changing products, you’re missing out. After all, how often do you actually get to see something in action before you buy it? Take, for example, this genius oil dispenser and infuser from Artland, which has a whopping 3.5 million mentions on TikTok!

You may remember seeing the slim dispenser on our roundup of TikTok kitchen products, where we highlighted its dual-use of providing accurate oil measurement for baking and cooking, and infusing your favorite oils with inspiring flavors. It has an impressive 4.3 star rating on Amazon, where fans note how fun it is to use and how much it’s improved their creativity in the kitchen.

“I have no idea how I never owned one of these before,” shares one reviewer, who adds, “I don’t remember the last time I used unflavored oil ever since this came into my life. So far I have infused it with garlic, basil, and rosemary.” Another fan shares, “I bought this for my sister for her birthday because of course she saw this on TikTok and needed to have it! She’s obsessed with it!” Whether you prefer woody herbs, garlic, or spices, if you can fit it in the dispenser’s 11-ounce base, it’s fair game. Some home cooks shared their favorite special blends, including lime zest and thyme, and spicy garlic to enliven roasted meats, vegetables, salad dressings, and dips.

The dispenser has three main parts: A glass base, a flexible silicone middle section that squeezes to draw oil from the base, and an upper pour spout whose chamber is marked with teaspoon and tablespoon volumes. According to one reviewer, the dispenser “feels sturdy and well-constructed, comes apart easily for cleaning, and functions just as you’d expect,” and “the measuring top is perfect because you can specify exactly how much oil you want to pour from the reservoir.” The glass base of the dispenser won’t absorb colors or flavors, and the parts separate easily for washing between different oils and infusions. “I fill the lower jar with hot water and a little dish detergent, then pump the sides to pull this up through the tubing into the top measuring cup; repeat with hot rinse water. Then I wash the other parts in soapy water and rinse.”

Even if you prefer your oil’s natural flavor to infused varieties, the dispenser is great to keep on hand by the stove for everyday cooking and baking. Whether you’re a little heavy-handed when it comes to the amount of oil you use when you cook, or want a less messy way of measuring oil when you’re preparing a recipe, this dispenser will have you covered. And since the design is totally transparent, you’ll never wonder when you’re running low on your favorite oil.

At an under-$25 price point, the oil dispenser is perfectly priced holiday gift giving, whether for you or someone else! “I bought as a gift for my herb growing, olive oil loving mother,” shared one such customer. “She loves it.”