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Nov 16, 2008 03:26 PM

Fast Food Condiment Packets

Am I the only one who doesn't have the guts to throw them away with the rumpled wrappers? I must have three zip lock bags and a plastic produce container packed with them. Ketchup, mayonnais, mustard, malt vinegar, cocktail sauce, tarter sauce, hot sauce, soy sauce, duck sauce, Chinese mustard, salt, pepper, sugarl.. I think the only thing I don't have is little packets of Hershey's syrup! But maybe soon? So my question is what do you do with yours? Save them or toss 'em?

Maybe I need to write a cookbook:

47 packets of ketchup
16 packets regular mustard
i0 packets Chinese mustard
8 packets duck sauce
11 packets malt vinegar
13 packets sugar

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  1. I put them in with canned goods when there's a food drive.

    1. I have zip lock bags of condiments all over the place. My car, fridge, backpack, beach bag, boat bag, luggage.
      Picked up some Taco Bell Del Inferno hot sauce in southern California recently, but haven't seen it on the east coast yet. Hope to see it out here soon because my kid loves it on McDonalds Cheeseburgers and I'm down to about 15 packs.

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      1. re: Infomaniac

        Just checked and Del Inferno hot sauce was from Del Taco and not Taco Bell, and no Del Taco's are on the east coast.

        1. re: Infomaniac

          The kids at work got Taco Bell the other day, and ordered Volcano Tacos with Lava sauce? Maybe that's similar?

      2. I have taken all the chinese ones and mixed them together, equal amounts of duck sauce and soy sauce, and half that of the mustard, tasted it, added some brown sugar, and marinated some chicken and baked it with the sauce and it made a really good teriyaki-style concoction.

        1. I take 'em to work in case the takeout sandwich place only has crap. also while everyone else is scamming leftover meeting sandwiches, I'm swooping in on the Gulden's and Dijon and mayo packets. I can be very picky about which mustard goes on what - we have a lot of hot dog carts that only have the yellow type (which is ok for a dirty water dog) but Chinese mustard on a half-smoke or Kielbasa does it for me.

          I wish Sriracha sold in packets. the bottle(s) I bring in to the office seem to last a month before some idiot tosses it, although I'd like to think someone just steals it.

          I find at home keeping them in a cardboard takeout container like for chinese food works well and always comes in handy late at night when the last and too small splooge of whatever is used.

          they only get tossed when the metallic ones start to rust and ooze - they last longer out of the fridge. At one job the kitchen was big enough to have a communal leftover packet drawer.

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          1. re: hill food

            My local chinese place has sriracha in packets, although for some reason if you get it delivered, they only bring it if you request it.

            1. re: hill food

              At work, I keep my bottle of Sriracha in my desk drawer so no one will touch it.

              1. re: hill food

                Recently received a packet of "sriracha" at a chinese food chain in SLC airport. It was dark red, and the taste made me wonder if it was made of chili powder. Weird stuff.

              2. I usually toss them.

                Here's why (at least anecdotally), the Heinz ketchup in those packets taste different than the ketchup in the Heinz bottles.

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                1. re: ipsedixit

                  there is that, they do taste "old" or at least metallic. but I feel a little guilty about the packaging to product ratio for something that's gonna be tossed if I or others don't use it. I'm happier when a takeout place has the pump containers to minimize waste and with delivery if I'm asked if I need utensils (it is a residence, I do have forks/sticks/whatever - around here it's obvious by the address).