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Chat Leftovers: Hide the bottle

Happy Wednesday. Oh, and happy Halloween. If you were looking for an excuse to dress up that doesn't involve trick-or-treating, check out today's Real Entertaining column: David Hagedorn threw a murder mystery party that sounded so great, I felt bad that I wasn't invited. He'll be joining us today at noon for the Free Range chat, and so will Stephanie Witt Sedgwick, who writes this week about root beer's emergence as a cooking and baking ingredient.

And you should join us, too, if you've got a culinary question to ask or if you just want to spend your lunch hour with a convivial group of folks who share your interest in all things food. See you there. And remember, if your question doesn't get answered during the chat, it could still turn up in Chat Leftovers. Like this question from last week's chat:

I let my hand-painted bottle sit too long with olive oil residue in it, and now I can’t get rid of the slightly-rancid-oil smell or the tacky/sticky feeling. I’ve soaked it in soapy water and scrubbed it; any other suggestions? I can’t use anything too harsh because of the paint.

Sigh. These decorative olive oil bottles are a problem. They're awfully cute, but olive oil is better off stored in a darker, cooler place, not out on display on a countertop. The clear bottles let in too much light; the ones with a spout let in too much air. I owned one once and finally re-purposed it, for the exact reasons you cite.

But to tell you the truth, I had the same problem with my Misto, the pump-action sprayer that's especially meant for olive oil. Even though it was opaque and very tightly sealed, after a while it got sticky and started smelling rancid. You can't win.

To solve the problem, I had pretty good luck with the same stuff they've been using on oil-soaked sea birds after the gulf oil spill: Dawn dishwashing liquid. I poured a couple inches of it in the Misto and let it soak awhile. Then I poured in some hot water, gave the Misto a shake and pumped the soapy water through the sprayer to help clean out the spray tube and nozzle. Worked pretty well, though after a year or so I tossed the Misto; too much trouble.

Now I just leave my olive oil in the original bottle on the pantry shelf. As for the decorative olive oil bottle I re-purposed, it still sits on my countertop, but now it holds Dawn dishwashing liquid.

-- Jane Touzalin

By Jane Touzalin  | October 27, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
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Not ffod-related, but repurposed-bottle related: my btother-in-law layers different colors of Dawn in his bottle - it looks gorgeous!

Posted by: kbockl | October 27, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Dawn is also fantastic at removing grease stains from clothes. I figured if they can wash an otter with it, it's safe for clothes. Just trip a goodly amount on the stain, leave overnight and you're good to go. I got butter out of a new linen dress and chapstick out of a whole load of clothes I ran through the dryer.

Posted by: auntiemare | October 27, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

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