Squeeze bottles.

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I know there different schools of thought in regards to using squeeze bottles, but I find myself using them much more often then in the past..I would say I was influienced by watching pastry chefs using them for there plated dessert.

all my savoury syrups, infused oils , creams purred vinaigrettes etc, i'm using them is squeeze bottles.
examples:
Last week I did a panko dusted salmon with lemon-grass jasmine rice with a wasabi/pineapple cream a cilantro oil and and orange/ponzu oil. The colores and lightness where beautiful.

Also a endive,blue cheese, pear and walnut salad tossed in a apple cider vinaigrette, but I painted the plate with basil and beet oils.

of course this in not applicable to all plate presentations, but I love the clean-crisp look.
anyone else into the squeeze bottle mania?
 
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Some may disagree, but I don't think squeeze bottles ever went out of style. Some may think it is a trend of the past, but there is definitely something to be said for the crisp clean look that you can only get from a bottle, not to mention how fast and easy saucing a plate is with them.
 
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It depends where you are I know I still use them but in NYC they went out long ago but there it is the flavor of the last five minutes silliness so it depends where you are.
 
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I don't use them too often on the hot line, but in the pastry and garde manger areas I use them for everything. I never really thought of them as a trend, just a tool.
 
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We had zillions of them at our restaurant and used them to dispense dressings and room temp sauces. In addition, we used them in our cooking processes as well, they give a good squirt of something into a pan without messing with a spoon. As for the "decorating" of plates with squeeze bottle-dispensed sauces, if it's not over the top, it's great. There are still lots of customers who like to see a dessert plate decorated with a colorful, flavorful sauce (but it must drive the dishwashers nuts).
 
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The use of squeeze bottles is great as a tool for controlled addition of liquid ingredients, sauces and such. However, I find that as a plate garnishing tool, it's overused and for the most part not very well thought out. Too many times have I had a dish set before me that looked as if the food was shot out of a cannon or squirted at from across the room. Anyone with a reasonably active imagination would be certainly put off their food.
My advice to chefs who love squirt bottles?----think it out before you go spraying away. Make sure the end effect looks appetizing. Remember, people taste with their eyes first.
 
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I was using the regular squeeze bottles for various sauces and oils but then one day when I was shopping at a craft store I found a squeeze bottle set for paint that included about five different tips in various sizes and shapes. I bought three sets knowing full well that these new toys were going in the kitchen not the craft room. One tip even had a brush on the end but I haven't figured out what to use that one on yet.
 
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Catciao -- before you used any of them, I hope you made sure they are food-grade plastic.
 
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Suzanne, Just so you know, all non-recycled plastic containers (all catagories, 1 -7) are food grade as long as no contaminants have ever been stored in them, and if colored a food grade dye was used.
 
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We use the bottles where I work, both in the pantry and on the line. Last night I watched the sous chef use them to put a red pepper puree and a creme fraiche in a pattern on top of some lovely green asparagus soup.

I have been meaning to get some for home, once you start, you can't go back.....

SG
 
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Ive been wanting to buy some for my dessert work but cant seem to find them anywhere. Does anyone know of an online supplier? I did a search on msn and came up with Heinz Ketchup! of all things. :( Maybe they have another name for these things that no ones telling me.

Jodi
 
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Thanks Momo

Maybe Ill just hunt throught the isles of restaurant depot and not ask the high school help theyve hired. :rolleyes: Dont know how someone can work in a store and not know where anything is.

Jodi
 
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I've definitely seen them for sale in restaurant supply stores. I suppose there is always online as well, but I know a restaurant supply store SHOULD have them.

SG
 
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One can find them at Walgreens, Office Max/Depot, craft stores, hardware stores just about any store that serves artists and don't forget those "Dollar" stores or Lillian Vernon, etc. and cosmetic suppliers as well.

Rue
 

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