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Oil can or bottle

I am looking for something that I can keep olive oil in and be able to pour into pans as needed. I checked with the local W&S and they say they only sell this fancy $100 stainless steel one which is more than I want to spend. I hate pouring out of the bottle as I usually pour too much. Bought a pour spout like you would see in a bar on a liquor bottle, but sizes vary this one doesn't fit my bottle. Looking for something simple and not ugly looking.

Any suggestions?

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  1. I use a red wine bottle. the pour spout should fit that and when it gets a bit grimy just get another. Of course that means you have to empty a bottle of red wine. That's the fun part! I use the red wine bottles because the glass is darker

      1. I assume you mean extra virign olive oil. For extra virgin olive oil, stainless steel is not a bad choice, but glass is just as good if not better (and usually cheaper). Even plastic may not be a bad idea. Ultimately, you want something which does not alter or react with the oil.

        I have something very inexpensive, and work well for regular cooking oils:


        However, if you are looking for extra virgin olive oil, I would pick something like



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        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

          I've been using one just like the first one linked here for a few years and I like it very much. The only "issue" with it is the top is sort of small, so you do need to use a funnel to put the oil in, unless you have a very steady hand, and you cross your fingers that there's no "glug" that happens.

          1. re: juliejulez

            Yes, I have the first one too, and I have been using a few years as well. It pours/dispenses out the oil at about the right speed -- for me for cooking.

            I know exactly what you mean by "the top is sort of small". It does look small, and I was concern about oil spilling out when I had to refill the bottle. However, I have been having no issue thus far. I have to credit the oil bottles I have been using -- not this oil dispenser, but the oil containers from the stores. Many of them have very nice pourers which allow the oil to pour out in a narrow/focus steam.

          2. re: Chemicalkinetics

            Thanks! That first link is perfect for what I wanted.

          3. A friend and local potter makes bottles with pour spouts for olive oil if you'd be interested. I can send along contact info if you'd like. Photo of her work attached.

            1. That being said, I just use a dark wine bottle with a pouring spout. I make sure the spout has a cork stopper. The plastic ones will break down eventually.

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              1. re: Leepa

                I have a ceramic bottle and plate... very kitschy and bright with olives and tomatoes on it. I got it years ago from one of those school fundraiser catalog things when a co-workers son was raising funds for his soccer team. I love it and would be heartbroken if I broke it. I googled around and this was the closest thing I found:

                (Mine cost < $15 for the bottle and the plate!


                It's great having the plate, because it catches any drips.

              2. I use a very pretty pressed glass bottle that a friend gave me years ago. I've seen some like it at Old Time Pottery or Garden Ridge...one of those big housewares warehouses. ;-)
                It is tall like a wine bottle and takes the pour spout like a liquor bottle.

                1. Bed Bath & Beyond has decent olive oil and vinegar glass bottles that you can buy as part of a pair or separate for about $4. It's how I make my college kitchen look fancy :)

                  1. Did hand-painted bottle for vinegar and olive oil as gifts a few years ago... bought bar-type stoppers/pourers... still being used in kitchens they went into.

                    1. I'm like most of the posters below. Use a pour spout that bars would use (don't use a metal one, it tends to get somewhat funky, use a plastic one), and stick it into whatever loose empty bottle you have around. (Old wine bottles, et al). My present olive keeper bottle is an empty Sabra cordial bottle. Looks pretty cool. Certainly don't need to spend money on something to keep olive oil in.

                      1. I like the Colavita bottle with the long, slender neck, which comes in a few different sizes. I refill it with another brand of oil.

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                        1. re: GH1618

                          I am a re-bottler as well. Found oil in the store that was in a bottle I liked. Used the oil and kept the bottle.

                          Free is good.

                        2. One like this is best because any drips run back into the bottle and not down the side.

                          1. All the olive oil cans I've used eventually got dirty enough in places that I could not wash that I threw them out. Now I use a small glass bottle that one housed cream. They work pretty good for making salad dressing also.

                            Pro: Wide top, plastic top available, "pouring lip" that is easy to wipe clean, easy to wash by hand or in dishwasher. Con: clear glass promotes oxidation.

                            1. I use and reuse a bottle like this: http://www.luigismailorder.com/produc... It has a pour spout on each side, is dark to help reduce oxidation and seems to provide a reasonable amount of control when pouring.

                              The one thing I will say, is that I doubt it makes much difference if oil is stored in a metal or glass, but if it sits out, I would go for dark glass or opaque.

                              1. It's almost Christmas - maybe you will get an olive oil cruet from some distant relative who recalls that you cook.. I've received several over the years.

                                If not, they can be purchased almost everywhere.

                                1. Bed Bath & Beyond sell olive oil bottles with spouts - some are decorative and some are plain glass.

                                  1. This has an advantage:


                                    The little hinged flap seals (ok, not perfectly) the bottle, reducing air circulation and therefore oxidation. Some other suggestions here also do this, but with this one it's all one handed, which I often find very useful when at the stove. And no oily stopper to put somewhere.

                                    Edit: Ah...... I now see that Chem's second link does a similar job.

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                                    1. re: Robin Joy

                                      Agree. I think (a) a sealer, and (b) a dark color bottle are important to reduce oxidation from the oil and from the light, respectively. This I think is more important for extra virgin olive oil than say Canola oil.

                                      1. re: Robin Joy

                                        Hello, Robin:

                                        This is much like the one I am using at present, and like it. Although it fits any old small-format wine bottle, I use the 375ml and even smaller "splits" to reduce oxidation even further. And I try to top up my olive oil containers like I do my wine barrels.

                                        The only issue I have with these is they can pour slowly, depending on the diameters of the pour and vent tubes.

                                        Overall, these in a very dark glass wine bottle are a really good, inexpensive solution.


                                      2. I had a similar problem because we buy olive oil in 2 or 3 liter bottles. I was pouring the oil into smaller bottles, but the pour spout was in the way and the cap needed to be removed and replaced each time the oil is used. I solved the problem with a .99ยข plastic squirt bottle.


                                        The squirt bottle allows for easy control of how much oil is dispensed (not to mention cheap).

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                                        1. re: John E.

                                          I so wanted to mention this as well. I love the way how these $1 plastic "squeezable" bottles work. They are inexpensive, easy to fill, easy to clean, and increditably easy to control -- the speed of the oil comes out can be controlled by the pressure of the squeeze.

                                          The only criticism is that some believe the plastic can give off plastic favor which can ruin the taste of the unique favor oil like extra virgin olive oil. For regular cooking oil like corn oil or peanut oil, I don't see any problem of using these bottles. Afterall, the cooking oils are often sold in plastic bottles anyway.

                                          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                            We only put olive oil for cooking in these bottles. The expensive, extra-virgin stuff stays in the bottle for which it was intended. I haven't noticed any plastic flavors however. I did notice that the outside of the bottle can sometimes get a little greasy and leave an 'oil ring'. I solved that by taking a paper towel, folding it and wrapping it around the plastic bottle and holding it in place with a rubber band. Of course this would not be needed if I was more careful when refilling.

                                            1. re: John E.

                                              <I haven't noticed any plastic flavors however>

                                              Me neither, and considered that most of my cooking oils come in plastic bottles anyway, it is a moot point. Great suggestion for bringing this up.

                                        2. Check a thrift store. I found a gorgeous cobalt blue glass bottle with a pour spout at Goodwill for 99 cents. My husband thought I was crazy at the time, but it works.