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CACook May 12, 2009 09:37 AM

I am looking for the best way to dispense oil into the pan?
I tried the teapot kettle ones but still have a bit of dripping, I put it on a plate to catch the oil..

Would a diner type ketchup sqeeze bottle work better?

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    SQHD May 12, 2009 10:51 AM

    I use a nice looking wine bottle that has a pour spout in the top. It holds plenty of oil, it doesn't leak/drip at all. Mine is kind of like the link below but it has a weighted swing attachment so that the top is closed off. I got them at Restoration Hardware years ago but I can't find a picture of mine online. There are all kinds of pour spouts out there online if you like the idea.


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    1. re: SQHD
      KTinNYC May 12, 2009 11:21 AM

      This exactly what I use, wine bottle and just a regular bar spout.

      1. re: KTinNYC
        fauchon May 12, 2009 11:47 AM

        Me three! Simplest, fastest, easiest, cheapest.

        1. re: KTinNYC
          milkytea May 12, 2009 08:02 PM


          And dark wine bottles will keep the light exposure down too.

        2. re: SQHD
          jenhen2 May 13, 2009 07:05 AM

          I use this system as well, but I always get oil drips that are annoying to clean up. Any ideas about how to avoid the oil dripping through the topper?

          1. re: jenhen2
            SQHD May 13, 2009 07:16 AM

            Wipe it with a paper towel?

            I'm not sure what you mean about drips through the pour spout or "topper". Do you mean that the seal between the bottle and the pour spout isn't secure? If that's the case, you're just buying bad pour spouts.

            1. re: SQHD
              jenhen2 May 13, 2009 08:14 AM

              No, its more like the oil drips from the metal spout where the long pour spout meets the metal top that covers the bottle plug part. You're probably right - my pour spouts are probably bad. I bought them at this specialty store and they were non-branded. I'll have to find another topper.

              1. re: jenhen2
                SQHD May 13, 2009 08:17 AM

                Gotcha - Yeah, I don't have the exact one that I linked to above. Mine are more of a swing top where there is a whole top piece moves away from the actual pouring spout so there's never any real contact between it and the oil. I can imagine that the kind that has the tiny lid on top would get rather messy and gunky though.

                1. re: SQHD
                  Cinnamon May 14, 2009 08:08 PM

                  This makes me wonder about whether professional bar spouts, like the kind that go in liquor bottles and are meant to dispense x-amount, would be an option? Or maybe that's what those are already.

                  1. re: Cinnamon
                    KTinNYC May 14, 2009 09:48 PM

                    Stop wondering. Normal bar pour spouts are not measured. Measured spouts are the ones that are not the norm, well at least in most states.

          2. re: SQHD
            Delucacheesemonger Aug 12, 2011 05:12 AM

            Similar, but use old half bottles.Varied in appearance and because smaller oil does not sit out as long.

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            mexivilla May 13, 2009 04:13 AM

            Many years ago I bought at Harvey Nichols in London an oil carafe with a very large lip. The stopper/pouring spout has a small hole on the back side which fits into the neck of the carafe. So any drips are caught by the lip and drain through the hole back into the carafe. It works like a charm.

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              CACook May 13, 2009 09:35 AM

              well the bar sprout only came in bag of 10 pack, so bought a diner style ketchup squeezer instead, I think when you let go of the squeeze, it sucks air back in so it would help with the dripping, I hope.

              1. kchurchill5 May 13, 2009 09:43 AM

                I use the ketchup mustard plastic squeeze bottles. Cheap. Got 12 for like 6.99 or some rediculous amount. I wouldn't change a thing. Walmart I think. I use and go through olive oil and canola oil a lot so not worried about having a dark bottle for me. I have red wine, balsamic, white wine, rice wine, olive oil, canola. I think. I use them all all the time. I tried the wine bottle but prefer these bottles for me. No drips no leaks, no glass to break, and they keep great. I have been using them for about 6 years now. I have several friends that go to tailgates and they all have bought some just for that. It is great.

                1. chef chicklet May 13, 2009 11:47 AM

                  For vegetable oil, I use a soft plastic squeeze bottle, I wrap a doubled paper towel around the body, held with a rubber band. No oil leaks. When it's time to refill I change the paper.

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                    dmd_kc May 17, 2009 08:42 PM

                    I have a stainless oil dispenser from Williams-Sonoma, though I don't see it on their site right now. It has a hinged top with a little nub for your thumb to flip it open. Inside, there's a clear plastic spout with a hole at the back to pour the oil in. It absolutely never drips, because the spout is set inside the plastic insert, so that any extra oil drips back down into a channel that funnels it back into the tank.

                    My first one was bad, with a weld where the handle was attached making a tiny hole. But the replacement has been chugging along for years now. I love it, and hope they still make it so that you can find one.

                    That being said, I use the metal one for extra-virgin olive, and just use a translucent restaurant-supply squeeze bottle for plain old vegetable oil. Wipe it up with a towel if it seems to be dripping, but I don't have an issue that I've noticed.

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                    1. re: dmd_kc
                      blindrunner Aug 11, 2011 10:33 PM


                      This is the one - doesn't drip:


                      1. re: blindrunner
                        mexivilla Aug 12, 2011 04:23 AM

                        Being metal that's even better than mine which is glass. I have a tendency to break things. Fortunately i brought back three and I'm still using two.

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                      Rick Aug 12, 2011 08:35 AM

                      I just recently started using the diner type ketchup squeeze bottles and am very happy I made the switch. I like the glass dispensers better, but they pour out too much oil for me.

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