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I purchased some Bakers and Chefs clear plastic squeeze bottles, which do not come with caps; however, there is a ridge about 1/3" down on the bottle, suggesting that they're intended to work with a cap.

Some of the reviewers on Amazon mentioned using foil, as well as some plastic cap they found in hardware store. I'm hoping to find something that fits well and ideally can be ordered online.

Anyone have any suggestions?

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The product you link has the cap in the picture.

The idea is that you cut off the tip on the apex of the cap to the point where it is the width of your desired opening.

You could use an uncut cap, or just cover the tip with foil if you need to refrigerate for some time. The kind of things put into a squeeze bottles are rarely highly perishable, so simply placing them in refrigerator (for a reasonable period of time) is a normal practice.

Squeeze bottles are not meant for long term storage. I certainly would not go to the trouble of special ordering caps.

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I've been searching for a while. I use my squeeze bottles for various things, and the tip caps are helpful. It keeps royal icing from drying out, and prevents leaks when shaking up a bottle of vinaigrette. Here's what I found:
http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/item.aspx?itemid=91498&catid=536

http://www.dharmatrading.com/tools/squeeze-bottles-yorker-spouts-and-caps.html

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Also worth mentioning (in case of link rot) -- both of the sites you linked to call that style of squeeze bottles 'yorker spouts'. –  Joe Feb 21 at 2:45
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Similar bottles will sometimes come with a little red or black plastic cap that covers the tip of the bottle after it has been cut. If the bottles you bought didn't come with these caps, I don't know that there's a way to get them separately. Occasionally a restaurant supply store will let you switch out bottle tops when buying the bottles, but other than that, I think you may be out of luck.

Frequently to close up the bottles overnight or between uses, you take off the screw top with the spout, place plastic wrap over the top of the bottle, and then screw the top back on. As SAJ14SAJ points out, bottles like this aren't really intended for long term storage and caps generally aren't a priority.

Edited to add: The restaurant supply store nearest my house now sells the caps separately. They are in a package of about a dozen, but very cheap.

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Indeed on the not for storage. When I've left homemade hot sauce in those (refrigerated), it doesn't last very long, cap or no. –  zanlok Oct 2 '13 at 22:34
    
It seems like it would be good for items like soy sauce, oil, and vinegars. Thoughts? –  Dolan Antenucci Oct 3 '13 at 14:00
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They are good for sauces and condiments, but I usually only keep what I can use in a day in them and refill them from another container. I think they plastic they're made from is perhaps a bit more porous than a lot of other containers, they seem to pick up odors & such easily. –  sourd'oh Oct 3 '13 at 15:31
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You might find something useful at US Plastics, for example at:

http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/item.aspx?itemid=91498&catid=536

These are the whole twist-on cap, not just the snap-on tip but they are inexpensive.

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Nice find! Thanks –  Dolan Antenucci Oct 3 '13 at 14:00
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Crayola's Model Magic is non-toxic (with a lot of sites claiming it's food safe).

If you have access to that or similar clay, you could make your own cover, no matter the size.

(but I don't suggest raiding your kids' supply ... get a fresh container, use what you need, then let the kids get their hands in there)

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Here's what I ended up using, which I picked up from Home Depot in the Hardware aisle. It fits quite snug, and cost about $0.60 for pack of 2.

WARNING: no guarantees this cap is safe for food. Use at your own risk (even though it is molded plastic, the dyes and treatment process may make the plastic prone to leaking chemicals)

caps found in Home Depot

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While it is probably extra paranoid to bring up, for the benefit of others who read this, are those made of food-safe plastic? –  SAJ14SAJ Oct 23 '13 at 15:03
    
@SAJ14SAJ What mold-able plastics aren't food safe?? –  TFD Oct 23 '13 at 18:10
    
@TFD I think the assumption has to go the other way; and even if the plastic components themselves are food safe, are the die treatments and everything else used in its production? –  SAJ14SAJ Oct 23 '13 at 18:20
    
There's probably no chance the manufacturer will make any safety guarantees. Great point to bring up, and definitely one people should consider! I'll add a disclaimer to my answer –  Dolan Antenucci Oct 23 '13 at 18:40
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