Ketchup packets are complicated

ketchup, products | May 16, 2013 | By

I’m all for inventing new things and making life easier….or even if not easier, quirkier at times.

But at the same time, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,”  right?

Do people really struggle with getting the last of the ketchup out of those little packets? And is it really that big of a deal if some of it soaks through the paper on the tray?

I should hope not! But it’s cool that they found a problem and tried to fix it in a creative way anyway. I can’t imagine it ever being put into production, because well, like said, it’s really not a huge deal and it’d cost a lot more to create an entirely new design for something as silly as fry cups. It does make you think, though, huh?

Another ketchup explosion

accidents, ketchup, mistakes | January 25, 2013 | By

Picture of white cabinet drawers covered in catsup splatters from a bottle exploding. The pressure builds up and then how to get the red ketchup stain out?

I don’t get it.

I’m no stranger to messes and kitchen accidents. I’m not even a stranger to ketchup explosions.

What I don’t get is why they keep happening! It’s not like I’m being careless in the kitchen. I’m not a klutz who is constantly knocking things over. And I certainly don’t go intentionally making messes because I hate cleaning them up.

No, they’re just complete randomness. It’s a box that breaks. A bottle that builds up pressure and I’m the one who opens it first. Someone putting an opened container back in a cabinet upside down.

And who gets to clean it up? Me.

Who also gets to post the messes online to counter all the perfectly cleaned, properly posed, professionally captured food pictures that all the other bloggers put up? Me!

Hey, it’s something, right? :P

How do you use your ketchup packets? – Dip or squeeze?

Nablopomo – Something new

I saw the mockup for these ketchup packages a couple years ago and figured they’d never actually be released, just like so many other product improvements aren’t because of the cost to redesign.

New Heinz ketchup packets packages where you can dip or squeeze it out

But look, it’s happening! If you haven’t seen them yourself yet, check out Chick-fil-A, Smashburger, and Dairy Queen, all of which have already switched. Wendy’s will be switching out later this year, and McDonald’s and Burger King are both still testing and deciding.

I happen to love the new packages. I can conveniently dip -or- squeeze it out, and they each contain 3 times as much as the old annoying packages. It’ll take a while to get used to not needing as many packets, but I probably won’t waste as much either, so I’m game.