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Good enough if you know these cheap tricks
on July 1, 2012
Attracted by the low price, I bought a dozen for various uses. As other reviewers have noted, these can leak, especially with thin liquids. The tops do not seal strongly, so excess pressure can make the top pop off. One other complaint is that these do not come with caps.
You can solve all of those problems easily and cheaply!
One application I use these for is dispensing premixed epoxy, which is thick stiff stuff! I can't afford to have the top pop off but I must squeeze hard to get the epoxy out. So, I wrap regular plumber's tape ( teflon sealing tape ) around the threads. Works beautifully!
Another application I use these for is dispensing controlled amounts of very thin shellac. The tape-trick fixes that problem too! No spills or leaks whatsoever.
Taping the threads with teflon tape is cheap, fast and solves two of those problems.
No cap? No problem!
I use regular stick-pins like those used on office cork-boards & maps. Stick 'em in the little hole and seat the plastic part all the way. That works for glue, latex paint, sauces.
If you must enlarge the hole (as I do for thick gooey epoxy) then I use toothpicks.
For some really large tip-holes, I just use a short length of 1/4" dowel sharpened to a point with a pencil sharpener!
Stick that in the hole for a good seal. Leave enough length so that it is easy to grab & pull out.
Finally, i also use these for some fancy syrups and sauces that must refrigerated. I make a viscous delicious raspberry sauce that is too good to waste. To prevent air from degrading the fresh raspberries too soon in the fridge, I tear off a 2" square of aluminum foil, squeeze the bottle till the remaining sauce is near the top ( evacuating excess air) then place the foil over the hole and screw on the top. Foil grabs the threads and seals very well. The bottle is squished into funny shapes, but with the foil in place the sauce stays good for weeks!
Also, the food-grade plastic these are made from is quite pliable, so you can freeze some sauces so long as they do not contain too much water and you leave room for expansion. As we all know, water expands when it freezes, but things like hollandaise sauce does freeze very well.
Even some watery sauces and water-based paints can be frozen so long as the bottle is not completely full. Leave a little room for expansion and DO NOT seal the top. The bottle may bulge, but it won't break. I have frozen gourmet sauces, hide-glues, wood finishes, liquor-mixers, syrups, flavorings, Easter Egg dyes... all with no problems.
These bottles have many uses, but the low-price guarantees they won't be perfect for every application. Cheap teflon tape, stick-pins, toothpicks, foil and sharpened dowels will help you adapt them for just about anything.
Hope that helps!