For a long time, I thought squeeze bottles were for restaurant chefs who also needed tweezers to plate a leaf of parsley. Then, I discovered Oxo Good Grips Chef’s Squeeze Bottles, and now I’m not sure how I ever cooked without them.
In the beginning, I bought the bottles to store my shrubs, those fruit and vinegar syrups that make such wonderful drinks. When I tried to pour the tangy liquid into a drink, the glass containers I had previously stored shrubs in dripped and spilled over.
While I knew a squeeze bottle would be the answer, the ones I had in the past weren’t ideal. In order to seal the bottles, I stretched a piece of plastic wrap over the opening of the bottle before attaching the lid. The bottles came with tiny cone-shaped caps to stick on the spout’s tip, but I knew I would lose them quickly.
The Oxo Good Grips Chef’s Squeeze Bottle is here. It has a brilliant design: the cap is anchored to the lid by flexible plastic so it cannot fall off. When you flip it open, it stays out of the way while you pour, and then you snap it shut. Capping the bottle also clears the nozzle of any excess liquid, so the next time you use it, it flows freely.
I have used the OXO squeeze bottles for many things since I bought them for shrubs. Take a look at 5 reasons why you should consider purchasing some squeeze bottles:
The Bullet-proof Emulsion
When you try to make homemade mayonnaise or other emulsified sauces, you know it can all go terribly wrong in a blink of an eye. It’s best to stream in the oil drop by drop at first, so a squeeze bottle is the best option. Its fine tip allows for maximum control over the flow rate, so you may never break a sauce again.
You Can Actually Use Homemade Condiments and Salad Dressings
If you have a homemade shrub, salad dressing, sauce, or condiment sitting in a squeeze bottle in the refrigerator, I dare you not to think of a million ways to use it. I love that I can grab, squirt, and put it away so quickly. Many people are put off by even the smallest inconvenience—such as a mess or needing a spoon—but decanting your homemade sauces into these squeeze bottles makes them just as convenient to use as Heinz ketchup.
Control Your Olive Oil Pour
It’s very easy to use a whole lot more olive oil than you really need when you pour glugs directly from the bottle. Because the squeeze bottle’s narrow tip slows the oil flow, there is less risk of soggy, overly oily roasted vegetables.
Make Bulk Buying Easier
Bulk buying is my favorite way to buy things. Currently, I’m going through a 2-quart jug of soy sauce and a gallon of maple syrup. For everyday use, I transfer a smaller amount into a squeeze bottle, and store the remainder in my basement. When I buy in bulk like this I can use my squeeze bottles, which are more environmentally friendly than many smaller packages (like individually packaged food).
Make Your Plates Look Nice
I’m not the type to drizzle swooshes of gastriques and reductions over my food, but maybe you are. I am confident I have the perfect tool if I need to create pretty dots, doodles, or other designs on my food in the future.
We also have compiled a guide that will help you choose condiment squeeze bottle, if you are looking for the best one.