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Oct 22, 2012 10:54 AM

Condiments: Jars or Squeeze Bottles

Making a sandwich this morning and I was squeezing the last of the mayonnaise out of the bottle, a little dribble, shake the bottle down, bang it on the counter, squeeze again. I started to wonder why I bought it in a squeeze bottle at all. On the other hand, it does seem to keep longer. Single guy, don't use a whole lot of mayo, ketchup, mustard at one time and the limited exposure to air, not sticking kinves or spoons into the condiment, etc seem to keep it fresh longer - or is it my imagination?

Any chowhounds feel like chiming in?

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  1. I prefer jars. So easy to get to the last "drop".
    If I forget to shake the mustard or ketchup squeezers I get a dollop of soupy stuff on my burger or hot dog. Yuck!

    1. I really dislike squeeze bottles; much prefer jars. When I was a kid we were able to buy ketchup in jars, and I've been looking for that ever since!

      And that soupy dollop that Motorsport mentions is gross!

      edited for typo...

      1. Im a squeeze bottle guy! Although there is probably more "waste" when I throw the bottle away because it doesn't get emptied and scraped, the convenience outweighs the cons for me.

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        1. re: twyst

          One thing I'll often do with squeeze bottles is cut the top off with kitchen shears so I can scrape the inside before tossing it.

          As to the original query, I'm pretty indifferent between jars and squeeze bottles. I have a mixture of both. I guess I prefer jars a little bit more because I can apply the condiment more precisely or simply dunk my food into the jar.

        2. I think I like all my condiments (mustard, hot sauce or paste, mayo, relish, etc.) in jars.

          The ONE exception is ketchup. Much prefer it in a squeeze bottle.

          (If you count salad dressing as a "condiment" then I also prefer those in a squeeze bottle. But I don't consider dressing as a condiment. It's dressing.)

          1. I prefer jars and if I'm using a condiment infrequently then small jars are the way I roll. A small mayo jar has a wide lid and the smaller jar is much easier to navigate each and every drop.