Have you ever dumped way too much salad dressing on your plate?
Oh good, me too!
Oh good, me too!
Have your kids ever done the same thing?
I like to buy salad dressings when they are on sale. That means that our brands vary and more times than not we open up the bottle to find an open mouth top which is just an accident waiting to happen. Not to mention the gooey lid that gets screwed back on the gooey top.
I was browsing Target one day and spotted condiment containers for $2.49 each. "Now wouldn't that be the perfect thing to help my kids not dump too much dressing on their salad," I thought to myself. Plus, we wouldn't have to unscrew tops and put them back on every time we brought out the dressings.
I grabbed six.
Now if only there was a way to hold multiple condiment bottles all at once. I walked up and down the aisles trying to find baskets that might work. Most of them ended up having extra room and the bottles would tip over. And then at the very end I spotted something in the summer, outdoor kitchen aisle that would work perfect. It came in a few different colors and I snagged this white one for $9.99. It holds 6 bottles perfectly, not to mention the fabulous holder on the top that makes grabbing it with one hand a breeze. Seriously...no more juggling six different gooey bottles, all you need is one hand!
I had just purchased some full sheet, clear labels to use on a toy organization project downstairs. I decided to give them a try and make a page with labels for my condiment bottles. This worked great since ketchup looks like catalina and honey mustard dressing looks...well, like mustard. We don't want our guests to get confused. :-)
I washed the bottles, added the labels, added the dressings and found the perfect solution to our problems. The kids think it is so cool as it sits on the middle of the table and we can spin it around to pick the right dressing. I'm not sold on the long term durability of those labels since eventually the bottles will need to be washed. I think a sharpie, directly on the bottle might come in pretty handy.
Since we go into our yard a lot for picnics or bbq's, this will work great. With just one hand I can grab all of the dressings and condiments that we need!
When we are done, they go right back into the fridge.
What once looked like this...
Now looks like this!
*Update: And then a few days went by since the condiment's photo shoot. I was just waiting to publish this post on Wednesday and in the meantime we used this set at almost every meal. I discovered two things.
- We use it a lot and I love it!
- However, the labels don't work.
With the condensation from the bottles being in the fridge and then on the table it is just a smudge waiting to happen and ink gets all over whoever grabbed the bottle. Any ideas on how to label these? On a side note: I think I have concluded that our family eats a lot of ketchup too! :-)
- No more dumping way too much dressing on our salad!
- No more messing with gooey caps!
- Super easy to take out and put back in the fridge!
- Easy to use at the table!
- Great for taking outside!
- Kid Tested...Mother Approved! ;-)
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