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Double- Dipping on Trial - Chowhound. Dear Helena,At my office holiday party recently, a co- worker of mine dipped a chip into the guacamole, took a bite, and then dipped the chip again. Then I looked around and saw lots of people were double- dipping, taking bites of carrot and celery sticks and then plunging them back into the various dips. I thought it was widely known that this is gross.
Double dipping can occur in the retirement system when a government employee continues in the same job. In 2012, paid members of Congress drew about $3.6 million from pensions on top of their taxpayer-funded salaries. I don't mind double-dipping when eating with my family, but I'd be embarrassed to do it when out with friends.
If you need to dip a second time, you should at least reverse the dipped item so the unbitten side touches the dip. Am I wrong?—Single- Dipper. Dear Single- Dipper,People frown on double- dipping because they assume it contaminates the dip for everyone else. Professor Nancy Zeller, director of biology teaching laboratories at American University, conducted a scientific investigation into the matter.
Her students double- dipped in five different dips, including salsa and spinach- artichoke. After letting the dips sit for an hour, Zeller tested a sample from each and found negligible amounts of bacteria. She explains: “When you bite a chip, you don’t put much of your lips on that chip. You tend to bite with your teeth, so you’re not introducing much saliva, which is where the bacteria are.”Even if the double- dipper does leave behind traces of saliva, many dips are not hospitable to bacterial growth. The dips tested in the experiment, Zeller says, were “processed dips with a lot of additives and salt, which may help to keep bacteria in check.” Rick Rodgers, author of Dip It! Great Party Food to Spread, Spoon, and Scoop, says that although homemade dips don’t have additives, they often have other ingredients that discourage bacteria, including “acidic ingredients, such as vinegar and citrus juices . Nevertheless, many people will have a visceral negative reaction to it.
Even if you do follow Rodgers’s reversal rule, people might not realize you have done so and may suspect you of double- dipping anyway. A Host’s Responsibility. If you’re hosting a party serving dip, make sure you buy smaller chips, or cut vegetables into small sizes. Cauliflower should be broken into manageable florets, and celery, cucumber, and zucchini should be sliced into batons about the size of a baby- cut carrot.
Rodgers, a former caterer, says: “When you talk to a caterer, they’ll say dips are a problem because of double- dipping, so they prefer to make hors d’oeuvres.” But if you’re not a team of caterers, crafting individual canap. More importantly, they help people connect. Many cultures have a bonding ritual that involves eating or drinking from the same vessel. In parts of South America, people might share a gourd of mate. At your holiday party, you share a tub of hummus. You can browse all of Helena's Table Manners columns by topic here.
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Double dipping Doritos! I also avoid jacuzzi's and hot tubs since I read they were found to contain faecal matter, I'm not actually too keen on swimming pools at all although I'm impressed by the pre- swim rituals required in Iceland. Nobody so far has mentioned chocolate fountains - apart from the fact that they add oil to the chocolate to make it flow better, the thought of all those children poking their sticky fingers in and licking them before having another go. Yuk! Click to expand.. When my son did bar work in small hotels in the Alps for Ski companies, one of his jobs was mucking in with general cleaning every week on changeover days.
He said that the grime on the jacuzzis was awful and he never used them himself.