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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    "When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." Rudyard Kipling

    by EdMass on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 10:49:21 AM PST

  •  I'm disappointed (5+ / 0-)

    I thought they had a solution to those stupid squeeze packets like having some way to open them or some way to squeeze them without getting ketchup all over you or maybe a way to get enough ketchup at one time that you don't have to open ten packets.

    Oh well. I guess it's not meant to be.

    •  While I'm not a regular at fast food chains (1+ / 0-)
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      hnichols

      My local McD and Wendy's don't use the packets at all, if you eat in. They have a giant ketchup pumper that you use to fill little paper cups. Of course, that doesn't eliminate the packet battle for those who take out.

      "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

      by Catte Nappe on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 12:42:43 PM PST

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  •  Ketchup art (2+ / 0-)
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    EdMass, antirove


    •  Human ingenuity when it comes to artistic (1+ / 0-)
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      operculum

      expression seems to have no bounds.

      Just imagine if the Neanderthals who painted those marvelous food hunting scenes on dimly lit cave walls 30,000 years ago had access to modern day ketchup packets.  Mind boggling, right?  And those too short, over-cooked stone hard french fries could have made lovely saber teeth enhancements when stuck in enough drying ketchup, and probably lasted into recent millennium. Oh shoot, now I'm feeling a creative urge myself.

      When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

      by antirove on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 12:38:10 PM PST

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  •  My kids would have loved this. (2+ / 0-)
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    EdMass, antirove

    We used to joke that they liked a few French fries with their ketchup.



    Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

    by Wee Mama on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 11:14:02 AM PST

    •  There's sugar in that ketchup--sweet + salty (1+ / 0-)
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      Melanie in IA

      and fatty oil, crisp yet soft inside, warm, cool ketchup--that's pretty near an addictive combination of tastes and sensations. And who's to say what the right amount of ketchup per fry really is, right? If the french fry looks like a periscope on a submerged submarine, well, maybe that's a bit much ketchup.  Anyway, a mom has enough to worry about without fretting over ketchup and pickles.  I'd prefer seeing gleeful kids messing with ketchup over many other possible problems.

      Although there may be some lingering concerns if the kids have dietary restrictions.  Try asking for sugar-free ketchup, or perhaps sweetened with stevia and apple cider vinegar instead of that sour white vinegar and corn syrup...yeah, see, I get that blank look everywhere I ask for that.  And as for pickles pickled in a non-white vinegar--yep, more blank looks.  Right, I know, I'm just ahead of my time...I've been there for the last Century and it's still playing catch-up [cue groans] to me...and still no Jetson's flying car on my landing port/porch/perch...whatever.  If I build my landing port, will it come?

      When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

      by antirove on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 01:17:10 PM PST

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  •  You mean my days of stamping and exploding (3+ / 0-)
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    EdMass, antirove, Tinfoil Hat

    the packets in the parking lot are over!????!!!???

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    by Floyd Blue on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 11:28:43 AM PST

    •  Floyd, there clearly are ketchup packets being (0+ / 0-)

      used in the above video so don't panic yet.

      Your conventional ketchup packet stomping days don't have to end...unless of course you may find other more enlightened things to do with those packets, other than, say, wedging them into the hinges of car doors of hated enemies or sports jocks for instance.  But you can think bigger Floyd, if you go just a bit beyond that short-term immediate gratification approach to ketchup packet bursting.

      My favorite would be discretely wedging them into those plastic shoulder pads or helmets of football player jocks prior to game time, although it is most satisfying fun if their uniforms are not red. Otherwise I suppose mustard packets or chili sauce could be used.  On those pointless pom-poms try a dab or two of honey. (Yeah, Mr. Elitist Muscle-bound Mud-loving Footballer (not meaning you here Floyd), I did prefer track, cross-country, chess club, and volleyball to that "real man's" sport of football and the associated cheerleader cult. Where else do hormone levels score higher than IQ points? Oh, you take offense?  What can you make of it? Think you can outrun me or escape my 90 mph overhand volleyball serve? See your great intellect in AP calculus and physics--oh yeah, I won't.  No! No! No! Help! Not the swirly!)

      When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

      by antirove on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 12:30:47 PM PST

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  •  Plan B: grab an extra plastic soda cup lid & dip (1+ / 0-)
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    Catte Nappe

    Frankly, I see little newsworthy advantage in a paper fry container box having that expanded edge. I don't mean this as a personal slight, but in my view a more detailed investigation of the ketchup related fast food concerns could be made in forum receiving many thousands of readers like Daily Kos.

    First, that paper fry container 'innovation' offers little serviceable improvement.  The edge clearly needs further development--to have fold up edges capable of forming a suitable receptacle able to retain one or two packet-sized dollops of ketchup--at least to have sufficient utility that I might not still feel the need to rely upon my preferred solution of the plastic cup lid.

    If the paper fry container is to be improved, I should hope innovators would also take a look at how it could be made to retain the hot temperature of a freshly fried fries for at least 10 to 15 minutes.  Dipping hot crisp fries in cold ketchup is lovely as one's teeth penetrates that layer of chilled ketchup, into the crispy outer edge and soft warm interior of the french fry.  Dipping cold soggy fries in warmed ketchup is not so great and serves to indicate the dining pleasure of this establishment is now past tense. Solve the heat retention problem and I'll admire the innovation.

    It remains my contention that the plastic cap lids ought to be a slightly more sanitary option than the paper tray mat, and more serviceable than the putative fry container with longer edge. I know I'll not be alone in having this preferred solution.  Others use my same approach and it's adopted quickly by the young in imitation. Speaking of lid functionality, these lids also seem to have the advantage of providing a firm rimmed edge against which a crisp warm french fry may be rolled towards & wedged, assuring better ketchup coverage than merely plowing ketchup across the paper mat smeared with ketchup (how uncivilized is that!). These fairly rigid lids aren't subject to a soggy tear like ketchup sodden mat paper might be although I've noted that an overly hasty plunge of a firm fry into a ketchup-laden lid (especially if it's that of a neighboring diner) might send it flying across the tray or table. That is less likely to happen with the tray itself.

    For me, the plastic soda cup lid will likely remain my preferred utilitarian choice, at least until the fry container heat retention problem is solved. The lid suffices even for those preferring to thoroughly soggify their french fries in ketchup prior to consumption.  Just resist the temptation to poke at and open the little cross hair hole in the plastic cup cap.  The lid will very likely retain a sufficient portion of condiments for the duration of a fast meal and is easily replenished.  It may also function as low rimmed and serviceable wide container for packet squeezings of tartar sauce, chili sauce, shrimp sauce or whatever other packetized higher viscosity condiment in which one may wish to dip & roll a wide variety of deep fried food.

    I was rather surprised at one element of the video.  Didn't it strike anyone else as discordantly odd that this devoted ketchup user, eating his fast fried food outside, had his icey cold cola in an actual glass container?  Thank you. I though you might. The apparent lack of paper cups with plastic top lids at this putative establishment would of course sadly preclude my favored ketchup retention pond solution.

    That brings up another sore point about whatever it is you dip into the ketchup--those golden 'French Fries' are often not truly french fried potatoes these days but an amalgam synthesized from formed potato powder plus wheat flour and soy oil. In my culinary opinion, the current prevalence of these homogenized synthetic french fries is yet another appalling sign of the decline of civilization.  If this particular establishment was one of the rare ones that didn't use those synthetic french fries formed perfectly out of powdered potato and wheat flour, and instead used real 100% fresh potato fries (you'd will see they have occasional darker spots where potato 'eyes' were forming), I might be interested in patronizing it, even without the plastic cup lids. This presence of wheat flour in the potato fries may also be important information for those on gluten free diets to verify with the fast food proprietor.  Wheat flour can also be in some of  the new-fangled sweet potato fries some places are now offering. Another unanticipated problem for gluten free folks is finding that most commercially available ketchup is made of  wheat based white vinegar. It would be good to find an use an organic ketchup utilizing apple cider vinegar instead.

    So there, I've said my mouthful, content in the utilization of my First Amendment rights without having to resort to any other.  And if you've been attempting to dine on fast food while reading my expository prose, I feel I should be apologizing if now your fries are too cold and ketchup too warm. As for your ketchup slimed tray mat, well, I'm sorry but I'll have to point out that I've told you so. So, put a lid on that.  Otherwise, continue on everyone, the only ones I'm truly aiming to actually shame are those fast food proprietors who fail to realize their missed opportunities to improve the dining experience and make it more attractive, and also more inclusive of those with gluten-free concerns.

    When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

    by antirove on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 12:11:54 PM PST

  •  In-N-Out Burger (0+ / 0-)

    lets you pump your ketchup into little paper condiment cups.

    The only trouble with retirement is...I never get a day off!

    by Mr Robert on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 12:37:01 PM PST

    •  Oh...the paper cups that are so thin and weak (0+ / 0-)

      they tend to collapse or leak through if one isn't immediately using most of the ketchup.  Another weak solution at best. Entrepreneurs in America can surely do better.

      When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

      by antirove on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 12:41:32 PM PST

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    •  So does my area McDonalds and Wendys (2+ / 0-)
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      antirove, Wee Mama

      Don't know what happens to those who take it out in a bag. I know some places use a little plastic cup with a peel off cover - similar to what many restaurants have used for jam/jelly for ages.

      "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

      by Catte Nappe on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 12:46:01 PM PST

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      •  Peel off cover condiment container--now that's (1+ / 0-)
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        Catte Nappe

        what I'm talking about.

        That does sound like a sound engineering solution to ketchup dunking needs, well, as long as it has a non-skid base when on a tray mat or table.  And probably still useful in Floyd's specific but alternative-use parking lot art applications.  As for mine, meh, not so much. Depends on size, form factor, ketchup quantities, amount of pressure required for breaking through peel off lid or collapsing the container, and other variables.  Although that really suggests I shouldn't get stuck in my ways and instead be open to imagine and consider other possible applications as new forms of condiment containment systems are offered.

        When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

        by antirove on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 12:59:30 PM PST

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