Kraft Salad Dressing Comes With Built In Mini-Shiv

Every time Kevin unscrews a new bottle of Kraft salad dressing, the sharp plastic hinge cuts him. This is good to know if you’re in a supermarket and need to show another shopper that you’re not to be messed with. It’s also good to know if you’re trying to unscrew a Kraft dressing bottle, we guess.

Kevin writes:

I seem to have a problem opening Kraft salad dressing bottles with the flip top cap. The last few bottles I have purchased ripped my finger open when I tried to open them, it happened again today in the work kitchen and I had several co-workers mention that they have been cut in the exact same way by these packages.

The problem seems to be in the flip cap. The hinge on the cap is razor sharp, which is not a problem when flipping open the cap. The problem is when you have to screw off the cap to remove the tamper resistant seal on the bottle. To do this you have to twist the bottle cap running your fingers over the razor sharp hinge resulting in a cut almost every time.

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  1. Elcheecho says:

    why do you have to run your finger over the hinge? shouldn’t the hinge be attached to the top part that spins?

    • Verucalise (Est.February2008) says:

      @Elcheecho: The bottle shows “Easy open peel” where it’s supposed to twist open as well. I always take a butter knife and run it over that line and break the paper first, before I attempt to twist. The bottle design isn’t the best, I’ll agree to that, but the OP should of learned a better way to open it by now ;-)

      • usul356 says:

        @verucalise: Yup “Easy open peel” I did the exact same thing the first time I opened one of these. The old ones you used to just twist to open. When I tried that with these new ones, I cut myself in the palm of the hand. After that I looked at it again and read the “Easy Open Peel” label. I pretty much just kicked myself for that one. Just read the labels people.

      • lordargent says:

        @verucalise: I always take a butter knife and run it over that line and break the paper first,

        You’re supposed to use the razor sharp hinge from the previous bottle for that, not a butter knife.

    • FrugalFreak says:

      @Elcheecho:

      I blame the OP in this case. After first cut,I would have simply grabbed a towel to open. This is a issue that can be prevented with a little common sense.

  2. Gokuhouse says:

    Get a better grip so your hand doesn’t have to slide past the flip top lid.

    • BluePlastic says:

      @Gokuhouse: Open it with one of those rubber bottle-opener circles like I do. I’m weak. I didn’t know my muscular weakness was saving me from being cut.

    • adamondi says:

      @Gokuhouse: Also, you see the little bit of writing there on the label? The bit that says “Easy Open Peel?” Yeah, try peeling that off so that you don’t have to try to tear the paper solely by twisting the cap off. That way, you won’t have to worry about your fingers slipping across the hinge and getting cut.

  3. madame_underpants says:

    I smell a lawsuit !

    A creamy, buttermilk ranch lawsuit !

    • Ghede says:

      @madame_underpants: But it’s Thousand Island dressing that’s out for blood.

      Think less buttermilk and more ketchup and tabasco plus the variety of nibbly bits that all salad dressings have.

  4. The Cheat says:

    Could always use one of those rubber jar top opening mats. I have a couple and they really help with gaining some extra grip on stubborn lids. I presume this would cover the hinge as well.

  5. FuryOfFirestorm says:

    I got punched in the face by a French’s mustard bottle and kicked in the nuts by a jar of Vlassic pickles!

  6. mattwiggins says:

    just run a knife ofr a fingernail around the base of the cap to break the paper seal – you don’t HAVE to twist the cap.

    think outsicde the box here, people.

    • outoftheblew says:

      @mattwiggins: Well, you DO have to twist the cap, to take it off, to remove the seal under it. But using the knife method, you wouldn’t have to twist off the cap with such force as to rip the paper.

      I think I’m going to start my email to consumerist about cheese graters and how, as a child, I always scraped my knuckles and fingertips. Man, that smarted.

    • Justifan says:

      @mattwiggins: i’m surprised people just force it. i always cut the paper before opening:P flip top or regular, always cut. never saw the point of doing it the hardway, i’m pretty sure its got cut here lines on the paper anyways.

  7. emptydarkone says:

    Here is a FREE helpful hint for you: Use a dish towel or rag when opening the item.

    No need to thank me, but one would think you had learned your lesson after the first time…

    • Nytmare says:

      @emptydarkone: Thanks so much for your snarky hindsight advise. I’m sure this will solve the problem for everyone else who opens this type of bottle for the first time as well.

  8. faust1200 says:

    That must be some awesome ass dressing to be repeatedly opening new bottles with the knowledge you are going to get cut. Try putting a small towel or even your shirt over the cap next time.

  9. SynMonger says:

    I just opened one of these bottles today. No slippage, no cuts. I cut the paper holding the screw cap in place, peeled it off, then the cap unscrewed without any problem.

    Seems like I was one of the lucky few to get away from these bottles unscathed.

  10. Digigage says:

    Hmmm the exact same thing just happened to me a couple days ago. I just make sure to cut the perforated portion first and then grab the top with a dish cloth while turning. My roommates enjoyed watching me do this.

  11. Anathema777 says:

    After the second time, I think I’d try a different way of opening the bottle.

    It’s still a legitimate complaint though since it shouldn’t happen at all.

  12. ngwoo says:

    I just went to open a new bottle of Kraft dressing to see if this was true.

    I cut myself.

  13. rpm773 says:

    Must…not…blame…OP….

    • Anonymous says:

      @rpm773: Sorry, Can’t help but blame OP, (somewhat) If you did it once shame on the container. If you did it twice shame on you. Its the equviliant of me sticking my fingers in soda cans because then i can carry 10 to the recycling bin instead of 3.

      For those of you who haven’t tried it, don’t, you’ll have one less fingertip, or 10 less.

      Amusing yes, lawsuit no.

      Do we need padding on everything like a 6 year old?

    • ElizabethD says:

      @rpm773:

      Be strong!

  14. horned_frog says:

    as long as the package is the same size…

  15. thpdg says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one! I’ve been doing it constantly since this bottle design came out!
    Diced garlic from another manufacturer too!

  16. acasto says:

    Has happened to me also. The CoffeeMate creamer containers do it sometimes as well.

  17. yevarechecha says:

    This is why I use my shirt to twist open bottles. You can give yourself blisters or cuts trying to open these things. As someone with small hands and lousy grip strength, I’ve had to devise a number of methods to open tightly sealed containers. Using a knife as a wedge often works, as does hot water, gloves, and banging it on the floor. The worst was the time I had to open a gallon container of Gatorade by wedging the edge of a nail file into the tiny space between the cap and the plastic ring and snapping each seal individually.

  18. RodAox says:

    Dude use some common sense jeez… what the OP is doing is like trying to go down on an up escalator and then wondering why he is still on the second floor…

    I hardly blame the OP ever but this dude is kinda of asking for it…

  19. Kyusaku says:

    I have a bottle in my fridge and didn’t get cut. Am I doing it wrong?

  20. Monica Vale says:

    [www.amazon.com]

    You need a jar opener. Flat rubber thing. Follow the link to see.

  21. albear says:

    Kevin is a retard, I use Kraft dressing all the time and have never been cut.

  22. Roxanne says:

    I actually have a scar on my left hand from one of these bottles. It doesn’t matter where you place your hand, the fact is that the plastic of the hinge protrudes and is far too sharp.

    I had to go to the doctor, because it took a serious chunk out of my palm. My doctor said that he’s actually had multiple patients in for the same reason, all with Kraft salad dressing, all within the last two years.

    Those of you who are claiming that you’ve never been hurt by this, whoopdedoo. Not everybody who doesn’t wear a seatbelt dies in a accident, either. Just because it didn’t happen to you doesn’t mean that it’s not a consumer hazard.

    • biswalt says:

      @Roxanne: What the hell do you mean it doesn’t matter where you place your hand? I suspect you should be able to find some location to place it on the bottle that doesn’t rip a chunk out of your hand. Just because you and Kevin do not know where to place your hands so you can open salad dressing safely does not make this a consumer hazard.

      • Roxanne says:

        @biswalt: You’re aware of a way to remove a lid without putting your hand on the lid?

        If it were just the paper seal, sure, cut it. These bottles feature a foil and plastic seal under the lids.

        The notion of “blame-the-consumer” is thriving in this thread. It’s a reasonable expectation that even a child of eight should be able to open a plastic bottle of salad dressing, which is generally without sharp edges or really edges of any kind, without injury.

  23. "I Like Potatoes" says:

    Try this:
    1/2 cup mayonnaise
    2 tablespoons ketchup
    1 tablespoon white vinegar
    2 teaspoons sugar
    2 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
    1 teaspoon finely minced white onion
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    1 dash of black pepper

    Be very careful mincing the onion. Knives can be sharp.

  24. LostTurntable says:

    @undefined: A bottle of steak sauce killed my brother in Reno just to watch him die.

  25. B says:

    @FuryOfFirestorm: When condiments go bad! Tonight at 11.

  26. veg-o-matic says:

    Has MacGruber taught us nothing?

    Rubber bands. Always use rubber bands.

    1) Wrap one securely around the cap and offending protrusion
    2) Twist until done twisting
    3) Access bottle’s creamy center
    4) Dress salad

    I recommend the big fat rubber bands commonly used for produce and/or postal needs. Usually free, too – Huzzah!

  27. AceEdit says:

    Kraft needs to redesign that container and manufacturers need to take note that many of their products are hard to open and even more so for senior citizens. Kraft changed some of the ingredients in their mayo and salad dressings last year. They made a good product taste awful, and I’ll never buy a product of theirs again. Does anyone else feel the same? Or is it just me?

  28. Dracoster says:

    How about not putting your finger there?

    • drjayphd says:

      @Dracoster: If I’ve learned anything from Avenue Q, it’s that any time anyone says you can’t put your finger somewhere, it’ll shortly be followed by PUT YOUR FINGER THERE!

  29. ZoeSchizzel says:

    Quit blaming guy! I’m sure he KNOWS by now to expect an injury and is using a shirt/towel/rubber glove/whatever to cushion his hand before opening the shitty-flavored dressing that should he should be making from scratch anyway.

    The point is that Kraft shouldn’t produce packaging that so easily injures people — however slightly. It’s a design flaw. I don’t smell a lawsuit; I smell a redesign.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      @ZoeSchizzel: Not only does he not know, like emptydarkone said, but he has repeatedly submitted himself to opening more bottles to repeat his mistake. You get cut once, you should probably think to cover the bottle in case for next time – but nope, this guy is like the hamster with the electric shock button.

  30. Ilovegnomes says:

    I think the point is, why should anyone have to use/buy a special tool (or a towel) to open a simple salad dressing bottle? Most people do not associate salad dressing bottles with being a sharp object.

    I hope that Kraft looks at this article as an opportunity to redesign the bottle to be a little safer for the consumer.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      @Ilovegnomes: It is so difficult for someone to just grab a towel from the counter? Or use a shirt sleeve? It’s not rocket science. If you get cut once, learn from the experience and suspect it may happen next time. If you don’t, no biggie, it slips the mind. But to repeat it a third or a fourth time? Ridiculous.

  31. Hoss says:

    Ok, Kevin works at AIG? Citi? BoA? Can’t tell. But for the luv of gawd, you need to peel the paper where it says “Easy Open Peel”!!

  32. eelmonger says:

    So some guy not figuring out the proper way to open salad dressing is news now? This is almost as bad as the “Help, my coffee mug gets hot when I microwave it” post we had a little while ago: [consumerist.com] .

  33. MrsLopsided says:

    Man is the only animal that trips over the same stone twice. Use a cloth or, as mentioned earlier, run a knife around the seal to cut the paper, making it easier to unscrew & avoiding ragged paper edges.

  34. Froggmann says:

    To the OP: You’re doing it wrong.

    Just take a knife, edge of the counter, pen, fingernail, etc. across the bottom edge of the cap to break the seal halfway THEN open it.

  35. HogwartsAlum says:

    I’ve never cut myself on these. You have to cut the paper on the dotted line first. I don’t think I’ve ever come into contact with the hinge at all.

    Now that I’ve said that, watch me cut myself the next time I open one.

  36. biswalt says:

    Is this a real problem? Never happened to me, and I have opened up enough salad dressing bottles that you would think it would have happened once to me. My guess is that Kevin works with a diminished mental capacity as do all the people he works with that have this problem.

  37. m-p{3} says:

    I just cut the paper with a knife/etc. Less trouble, more efficient.

  38. baquwards says:

    We make salads at work and use these same bottles of dressing, I have opened dozens of them and never noticed anything sharp when opening them.

    I think that many may be trying to just twist the top off without pulling the tab which will tear off the label making the top very easy to turn so not needing force which may lead to the cuts. That looks like the case here, the bottle even instructs you to peel off the label and provides a tab to pull!

    Don’t follow instructions, get cut, read instructions, save yourself pain!

    • EdnaLegume says:

      @baquwards: I think you’re right.. once you remove that ultra wrapping around the top, twisting is .. dare I say, a breeze.

      I’ve injured myself farting, I’ve never encountered such a tragedy by trying to dress a salad. I say they’re doing it wrong.

  39. secretmanofagent says:

    Death by a thousand islands?

  40. emptydarkone says:

    @undefined: If you read the story, obviously he does NOT KNOW:
    “The last few bottles I have purchased ripped my finger open when I tried to open them, it happened again today”.

    As you can see, this has happened SEVERAL times. He just doesn’t get it.

  41. SGAC says:

    I will admit that those plastic hinges are sharp. I’ve personally never drew blood, however my skin has been scratched enough by these hinges. However, that easy open peel is anything but – those pull tabs are hard to get to or just non-existent. I eventually prevented scratches and hard to find paper tabs by getting a butter knife around the easy open peel to perforate it and shimmying the paper off – that way, I just deal with the pop-open hinge to get to the salad dressing.

  42. pepelicious says:

    Dude, how hard is it to make your own salad dressing?

  43. bohemian says:

    See this just proves that you should make your own salad dressing.

  44. ZukeZuke says:

    This guy would not fare well in prison. Much less outdoors.

  45. runswithscissors says:

    Blaming the consumer has really hit a new low.

    - OP’s fault for not using hand protection while opening every bottle of salad dressing he ever opens.

    - OP’s fault for not (maybe) not breaking the wrapper which may or may not change the amount of force needed to open the cap which may or may not be a factor in the scrapes… but definitely conclusive enough to blame the OP.

    - As this has never happened to me personally, logic dictates it MUST be the OP’s fault.

    - OP’s fault for having it happen more than one time. Somehow the repetition makes even the first time the OP’s fault, through a time paradox vortex and tachyon pulses.

    - Consumerist’s fault for posting the story.

    and last but far from least, my own personal favorite:

    - Op’s fault for buying salad dressing instead of making his own at home like Martha Stewart.

    Slow clap, commenters… slow clap.

    • baquwards says:

      @runswithscissors:

      Feel better now?

      If you follow the instructions on the bottle for opening, you can avoid in most cases getting cut.

      I have opened dozens of these bottles at work without injury, because I follow the directions. Removing the paper seal makes it much easier to turn, almost no effort needed.

    • Shevek says:

      @runswithscissors:

      No kidding! What the hell happened to the Consumerist today? At least, what happened to the readership?

      I would think this is pretty cut and dry. The bottle has an unnecessarily sharp edge that can readily cut skin AND anecdotal accounts suggest that this is actually happening to people. How is this not a packaging failure?

  46. KenJason says:

    It should not be this difficult to open a bottle. There is no need to child proof salad dressing, and I shouldn’t require tools to remove a stupid piece of paper around a screw cap.

  47. ct_price says:

    Similar thing was happening to me a few years ago with Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice bottle caps. I would have light lacerations on my palm after opening the bottle. The new ridged cap they have now has apparently stopped this. More product packaging testing folks…save yourself a class action lawsuit.

  48. rewinditback says:

    kevin has soft and moist hands… Kevin needs to work in the yard more to build some thicker skin. Kevin gets nose bleeds…. kevin….needs a fwend.

  49. Anonymous says:

    If you read the instructions on the label that is taped around the cap, it says to peel off the top part before you twist it off to remove the paper. I just bought one of these yesterday and managed to do it without injury.

  50. Bob Ross says:

    Kraft should incorporate this into some kind of “Extreme” marketing campaign. Have a mean cartoon tomato holding a knife with the caption “finally a salad dressing that fights back”

    Shoot commercials with construction workers with blood gushing from their fingers mocking a guy in a turtleneck and boxframe glasses opening a generic salad dressing bottle without injury/

  51. harmony758 says:

    Kevin, add me to the house of pain! I sliced my finger open on my last bottle of Kraft dressing, too. You just don’t expect an unyielding plastic hinge when you’re getting ready to dig into your salad. I wonder why Kraft had to improve their hinges…was there a problem with screw-off?

  52. HiPwr says:

    Kraft should either rethink their packaging, or include a DVD with step-by-step instructions on how to open their product without slicing your hand to ribbons.

    I think the reporter should be grateful that he wasn’t opening the bottle with his teeth. If it had slipped, it could have sliced his jugular, or . . . decapitated him altogether.

  53. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    The issue isn’t whether or not you can avoid slicing your hand open when opening the top. The issue is why is it even possible to slice your hand open.

    Do all of you really think they can’t come up with a bottle that doesn’t have a sharp edge?

    On a semi-related note: Does anyone else have trouble opening the “easy open” jars of Hellmann’s mayonnaise? I swear the damn thing actually gets harder to open each time.

  54. fatcop says:

    I got the shit cut out of me once from one of those anti theft metal deals that was sealed inside the cardboard of a 2 pack of D-Cell Energizers.

    Yeah a 2 pack.

  55. jonsheline says:

    Wow. I’m looking at a lot of these comments which essentially blame the consumer. Fail. Even if this weren’t such a litigious society, it’s still well within reason to expect that opening a condiment bottle without learning some freakishly proprietary mechanics won’t lacerate your hand.
    Since personal injury lawsuits are so frequent, Corporations absolutely know that if they missed a safety issue in a product’s packaging, they’re gonna hear about it. And aside from consumer plaintiffs who go overboard putting a price on their suffering, this type of squeaky wheel usually effects positive change.

  56. Mozoltov, motherfucker says:

    That’s what wives are for.

  57. guroth says:

    there is a tab you the label you are supposed to peel before attempting to unscrew the cap

    the direction is even visible in the posted image

  58. JohnDeere says:

    happens to me with 2 liters and 20oz sodas. every damn time i slice my finger on one.

  59. faust1200 says:

    Check out Jar Glove.

    [www.hulu.com]

  60. Tom_Servo says:

    Huh, I have nothing but Kraft dressings (my Favorite is the tangy and sweet Catalina) and I have never had this happen once.

    Maybe Kevin is doing it wrong?

    On a side note, I have several dressings, but no salad.

  61. redkamel says:

    I dont think someone being unable to open their salad dressing is a consumer issue.

    Is it me, or does it seem like the stories posted to this site have….changed..

  62. Gtmac says:

    Dr. it hurts when I do this…

  63. billlnv says:

    I have opened numerous bottles of Kraft Salad dressing and never once have I been cut.

    My suggestion is to watch what you are doing while you are opening the bottle.

  64. prodpoke says:

    i opened one recently and didn’t notice the problem. i take the liberty of peeling off the sticker first so it won’t be as difficult though.

  65. Murph1908 says:

    @undefined:

    A buddy of mine got jumped by a bottle of Heinz sauce last month. It carved a big ’57′ on his forehead.

  66. maruawe42 says:

    How can he do this I open two to three bottles a week and never have cut myself. We eat a lot of salad and use a lot of KRAFT dressing, even when my wife never cuts herself..

  67. jc364 says:

    I have to say I’m a bit skeptical. I guess I’ll have to go buy a bottle of ranch and test it out.

  68. jfischer says:

    We need to give Kraft a good dressing down over this.

  69. glycolized says:

    Getting some of those fingerless biker gloves would make you look pretty sweet opening your bottle, while protecting your hands.

  70. lizk says:

    Why is the OP not following the instructions on the bottle, which are clearly visible in his own picture?

  71. Brunette Bookworm says:

    THanks for the warning! I cut my thumb open one time trying to seperate frozen hamburger patties. I’d probably sever an artery with this. Yeah, I’m clumsy.

  72. mariospants says:

    You see where it says “Easy open seal”? You have to peel open that part first.

  73. HurfDurf says:

    This used to happen to me whenever I opened Gatorade (G) bottles. I used to love Gatorade, but when it started trying to kill me, it was time to stop drinking it.

  74. AgentTuttle says:

    That should happen to anyone who is thinking of putting thousand island on a burger, that shit is just WRONG.

  75. Bs Baldwin says:

    Dude, you’re doing it wrong.

  76. NinjaMarion says:

    Cut me once, shame on you. Cut me everytime I open a bottle of salad dressing, shame on me.

    Alternate director’s cut ending: Cut me once, shame on you. Cut me everytime I open a bottle of salad dressing… ya can’t cut me again.

  77. almae825 says:

    @yevarechecha

    Gatorade bottles are the hardest to open. I got food poisoning in college and had my roommate buy some Gatorade for me. I tried to open one when she wasn’t home, gave myself blisters trying to open it for twenty minutes while suffering the food poisoning induced death feeling and then had to crawl across the hall (literally because I was so weak) to knock on multiple neighbors’ doors to find someone to open it for me.

    Gatorade turned me into a pathetic, blistery handed mess.

  78. Joseph Reynolds says:

    Seriously?