Use this trick to get the last bit of ketchup out of the bottle

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Use This Trick to get the Last Bit of Ketchup Out of the Bottle

By Amanda Kabbabe and Sean Dowling, Buzz60

We've all been there: You can see a few drops of ketchup in the bottle but can't seem to get it all out.

You turn that classic Heinz bottle upside down and shake it as hard as you can with no luck. Abandoning ketchup altogether isn't an option either, as there's nothing more disappointing than having to eat dry fries.

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Stir-Fry

No hoisin sauce in the fridge? Ketchup can stand in for it in many stir-fry recipes.

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Chicken

Switch up your roast chicken game with one of our favorite ingredient combos: Toasty garlic, onions, and ketchup, plus a kiss of brown sugar and cinnamon.

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Ribs

Ketchup plays a major role in these sweet-and-sour ribs.

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BBQ Sauce

Skip the bottled sauce and make your own. This one gets an extra layer of complexity thanks to bourbon, and kick of sweetness from the ketchup.

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Russian Dressing

Because Russian Dressing.

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Sloppy Joes

What makes a Sloppy Joe great? A whole bunch of ingredients: Red peppers, tomato sauce, mushrooms, onion, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, anchovies, garlic, mustard powder, hot sauce, and...that's right: ketchup.

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Secret Sauce

Ketchup on a burger is boring. But when you combine it with other ingredients for a carefully balanced, creamy blend condiment with just enough acid, spice, smokiness, and sweetness, it becomes not boring but secret.

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Unfortunately, ketchup's consistency is more like toothpaste than anything. It doesn't exactly flow like a normal liquid would, and no matter how hard you try, the sauce stays put.

Instead of resorting to drastic measures and throwing your ketchup bottle into a blender, take note from Heinz's own website.

They advise, "To release ketchup faster from the glass bottle, apply a firm tap to the sweet spot on the neck of the bottle, the 57."

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Who knew that number 57 serves more of a purpose than boasting about the mysterious varieties that no one has ever seen?

You could also simply buy a squeeze bottle, which dispenses ketchup much easier and saves you from a world of heartache.

While you're taking notes on ketchup, this is a good time for you to find out you've probably been using ketchup cups incorrectly.

Don't just stand them up and fill them with a tiny bit of sauce. Fanning them out gives you more room for ketchup and allows you to dunk more fries at a time.

There should never be a dry fry in the house.

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Ooey Gooey Fries
Chego
Los Angeles, California

Beer-battered fries covered in three cheeses (monterey jack, cheddar and cojita), sour cream sambal, chillies and pickled garlic.

Price: $6

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Pastrami Cheese Fries
Kenny and Zukes
Portland, Oregon

Classic French fries topped with your choice of beef or turkey pastrami and then covered in melted cheeses.

Price: $11.95

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Urban Fries
Jack's Urban Eats
Sacramento, California 

Thin fries cooked in super spicy chili oil and topped with melted bleu cheese and chili flakes.

Price: $3.95 for regular size, $5.25 family size

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Poutine
Saus
Boston, Massachusetts

Specially hand-cut fries that are topped with cheese curds and gravy and your choice of add-ons, which include a deep-fried egg, bacon bits, truffle mushrooms, pork belly and a "bacon n' stout" braised beef.

Price: Regular size for $6.75, Big for $8.50
add-ons are $1.50 for a fried egg and $3 (each) for bacon bits, truffle mushrooms, pork belly and braised beef

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Dirty Dirty Fries
Pickled Fish
Long Beach, Washington

Thick, hand cut fries covered in garlic, fried pork belly, Pepperoncini and goat cheese. Served with truffled ketchup. 

Price: $10

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Loaded Crack Fries
HopCat
Detroit, Michigan 

Beer battered French fries topped with black pepper seasoning, smoked bacon, pickled jalapeños, red onions and cheese sauce. And if that's not enough, there's also an option to add chili.

Price: $7.50 (+$2.00 for chili) 

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Smothered Fries
Shaved Duck
St. Louis, Missouri

Hand cut fries topped with pulled rib and pork meat, cheese sauce and fresh, sharp cheddar.

Price: $9.99

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