I've been searching for a good solution for oil bottles for a long time. I try to be diligent about wiping any drips after using oil, but somehow oil still ends up on my cupboard shelf.
One of my solutions: Place an old t-shirt or other rag on the shelf under the oil bottle to catch drips. This works pretty well unless you have messy cooks in your kitchen who let the rag get bunched up... or your oil is on a high shelf where you can't even see the rag when you're putting the bottle away... Then you end up with an oily rag in the back of your cupboard and an oily shelf too. ;)
A tip I just read in Taste of Home (August/Sept 2000 issue), which I plan to try:
Cut the toe off of a clean white athletic sock and slip it over your bottle of olive or vegetable oil. It catches drops of oil that may run down the side of the bottle and prevents the bottle from getting slippery.
I may need to use an old baby t-shirt for my Costco-size jugs of oil, though. ;) I have a huge bag of rags so I'll surely come up with something that fits! :)
And lastly, if you're the crafty sort (and don't mind the thought of lovely yarn getting all oily), here's a free pattern for a knitted Olive Oil Drip Catcher! :)
Do you have any good oil bottle tips? I'd love to hear! :)
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