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Old 09-19-2010, 02:06 PM   #1
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Why thumb on top of bottle?

Whenever i see TV chefs pour any liquid through a bottle they always use their thumb over the hole , why ?

Its with any liquid , oils , wine etc.

If its to control the amount of liquid they dispense then why not pour a little slower.To me its a messy way of cooking.

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Old 09-19-2010, 02:14 PM   #2
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It is a matter of controlling the flow precisely and preventing an accidental 'glug' from the bottle that puts too much in the pot.
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Old 09-19-2010, 02:39 PM   #3
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Just pour slowly , bartenders dont use their thumbs when measuring vodka.
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Old 09-19-2010, 03:24 PM   #4
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Just pour slowly , bartenders dont use their thumbs when measuring vodka.
Bartenders are not pouring a liquid into other ingredients. Once it is in the mix, it cannot be removed. This is also the reason most cooks measure dry spices into their hand or a spoon before pouring into the dish.
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Old 09-19-2010, 03:28 PM   #5
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Just pour slowly , bartenders dont use their thumbs when measuring vodka.
No they don't. They have special nozzles they plug the bottle with that serve the same purpose as the thumb.
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Old 09-19-2010, 04:16 PM   #6
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I have those pour spouts for my oils.
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Old 09-19-2010, 06:19 PM   #7
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Chefs pour with their thumbs for the same reason they "measure" salt and pepper with their fingers - you learn how to control it better and get the right amount each time without the hassle of using a measuring spoon.

Yes, it sounds far-fetched, but when you get used to it, it really works.

I tried the spouts for oil and went back to my TnT thumb.
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You can also create pressure and "spray" a liquid lightly over the food, no puddles.
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Besides, if you don't get your hands messy, you're not having fun!
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