Natural and Thrifty in 365: #4 Reuse Ketchup Bottles for Pancake Mix

I’m always finding it difficult to not make a complete mess when I’m pouring and flipping pancakes. Real Simple gave us the idea to reuse old ketchup bottles for pancake better. It’s simple to use, and you can make some easy and cute designs in your pancakes this way.

This is a fabulous idea, because it is reusing an old item so that you are both saving money and helping the environment.

Check out this post on Real Simple here.

Photo courtesy of Real Simple.

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  1. has anyone tried this? I feel like it would create waste…. when I use a bowl, I can clean it out with a rubber spatula to get all the batter, but I feel like alot would be left unusable in the ketchup bottle, right?

  2. Can you make enough mix for 2-3 days and keep it stored in the bottle. That would be a good use for me. If i had to put it in the bottle every time just to squeeze it out seem like alot of mess and trouble unless you were doing it special for kids or something like that.

  3. Okay so whats the best way to get it into that tiny spout on the ketchup bottle

  4. What about the chemicals in the plastic, though? I thought it wasn’t safe to re-use plastic bottles.

  5. I have a family of 5 and I will be doing this. I always have ketchup bottles so maybe collect 2 or 3 and full them all?

  6. I thought about the plastic too, but it has to be a food safe plastic bottle since it had the ketchup in it. I am going to do this for camping and for a weeks worth of pancakes before school. My son loves them and this way I can make him two or three quickly in the morning and send him out the door! Thanks for the tip.

  7. It would be great for making & storing batter overnight. And I was thinking about the big bottles, too, since I cook pancakes in large batches & freeze.

  8. Does anyone know how far ahead you could make it? An hour, a day, a week?

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