Fast food/ restaurant sauce packet extractor! Answered
This is just a crazy idea mostly for novelty purposes. I'm not advocating never paying for condiments again. But hey, maybe you just lost your job, you're a poor college kid, you're mad at McD's because the dollar menu isn't a dollar anymore, or you're just cheap! Or (in my case) you love exclusive sauces not sold in stores and would like a more efficient way of emptying all those hundreds of sauce packets you acquired into bottles :P
Lol, let me go into what lead up to my "Huh, that would be awesome!" idea moment. I love(d) Taco Bell's Fire Roasted sauce. And darn them to heck for discontinuing it!!! Um, uh... yeah anyway. I loved it. Alot. So much so that I eventually built up a large cache of packets in my kitchen. One day it occurred to me I would use it more if the sauce was with all the other condiments in the fridge door. For when I prepare something for consumption and have thoughts similar or equal to "Hm, I wonder what would be good on this" I open the door, stair at the sauces, and evaluate.
So, I saved a nice glass bottle (a steak sauce if I remember correctly), washed it, and squeezed many, many individual packets into said bottle until I had my very own "Bottle of Taco Bell's Fire Roasted Boarder Salsa Sauce". A practice I continued for several years. Many of my friends thought it was awesome. Other's thought I was crazy. In the end it didn't matter what other's though. The sauce called to me and I answered. Faced with the same decision I would do it again and I have no shame in that.
Just in case you are actually interested, when I heard they were discontinuing my favorite sauce I made arrangements with the manager of the local taco bell to obtain their remaining boxes of sauce. And it was enough to last me until... today.
As I squeezed the last few packets of Fire Roasted Boarder Salsa Sauce into its bottle that has served me so faithfully these many years an idea hit me. The concept of a machine that would extract the sauce for you. Pour packets in and sauce comes out. My first reaction was "this would have been very useful several thousand packets ago!" lol.
Then I really started contemplating it as a "for the hell-of-it" idea and project. There are just so many different, possible ways of how one might work. Just with the squeezing mechanism (after the packet(s) is somehow automatically slit open). With a double roller one could squeeze several at a time or in serial progression. Or perhaps stack them in the same orientation inside some sort of press. Much experimentation would need to be performed to determine the optimal extraction method.
Anyone interested in giving it a go?