Squeeze bottles aren’t just for ketchup and mustard anymore. While they are perfect to help you complete your hot dog or burger, squeeze bottles are a vital part of any busy kitchen and food prep area. And knowing the type of squeeze bottle to help you be more safe and efficient is key. Here are five quick facts and tips to broaden your knowledge.
1. A Squeeze Bottle for Every Need
Squeeze bottles come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, from 2 ounces all the way to 32 ounces. To pick the right one, match the usage with the appropriate bottle size to minimize food waste.
There are also squeeze bottles specifically designed for the front-of-house and back. Use standard or widemouth bottles on your tables to create that classic diner look or choose the efficiency and durability of an inverted top bottle for a smooth-running food prep. (See the Invertatop collection here).
2. Easily Identify Squeeze Bottle Contents
Easily identify the content of your squeeze bottles for speed and efficiency with squeeze bottle accessories. Colored caps, silicone bands, or tethered caps can be used to help those on the prep line quickly identify the correct sauce or condiment to use. (See our squeeze bottle accessory collection here.)
Or special-order imprinted squeeze bottles with a company logo or signature sauce name for use by patrons. It’s a custom look that takes your squeeze bottle game up a notch.
3. Control the Squeeze
A variety of lids are available to help control the output of the contents within your squeeze bottle. Your lid should match the viscosity of your sauce. Viscosity is the measure of a fluid’s resistance to flow. The higher the viscosity, the harder it is to make it flow. High viscosity items are honey or mayonnaise, while low viscosity items move fast, like vinaigrette dressing.
For items that are harder to flow, the Invertatop squeeze bottle will help contents flow to the nozzle because they are stored upside down. Low viscosity contents should have a narrow tip for better control. Most standard tips can also be trimmed to size to increase the flow rate.
4. Keep Your Kitchen Safe with NSF
Look for National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) certified squeeze bottles to ensure they are up to the highest food safety standards. These bottles have passed testing to guarantee with proper use and cleaning, your risk of contamination is at the absolute lowest it can be.
5. Going Beyond With Specialized Lids
Don’t overlook the lid to give you exactly the control you need to run an efficient kitchen. For example, brush-tip lids help lather sauce directly on food, three nozzle tips are designed to cover a wider area in a single pass or presentation and flip-top caps protect the contents from drying out when the bottle is not in use.
Squeeze bottles seem like an all-in-one solution, but if you want to get the most from your squeeze bottle and the contents inside, it’s important to know everything a squeeze bottle can offer!