Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Double dipping... good or bad? Maybe neither

By: Christopher Garrow

So what comes to mind when you see someone dip their chip into a salsa bowl, take a bite, then dip it again?  The majority of reactions are negative.  Everyone assumes that by double dipping you are basically contaminating the dip for everyone else.  Here is a small clip showing just that:

Now after doing some research, I was able to find out that in actuality there is already more bacteria in an average container of salsa then what someone could possibly add to it with just a simple dip of a chip.  The amount of bacteria that is added are microbes (tiny) in size when compared to the large amount already in the store bought container.  So if you are looking for a bacteria free can of dip, you are pretty much out of luck.  If you want to keep it as bacteria free as possible, then you had better keep that bowl to yourself.

So the next time that you see someone double dipping, try not to give them too hard of a time.  Shoot, you can even go ahead and do it yourself.  I know the feeling when you have half a chip and no salsa... Now you can stop worrying and indulge yourself knowing that it is not going to hurt anyone else.


  1. lol I hate double dippers but wow thats interesting I would have thougt that is was more bacteria doing a double dip than what I was dipping my chips into.

  2. When I saw this post, I just had to comment. This is very interesting, and I find it funny as well. Im am very serious about double dipping, I think it's disgusting. I understand what you're saying, but I just can NOT go along with simply accepting someone double dipping. I can't imagine eating after someone that I don't know or have no intimate connection with. I get that salsa along with everything else has a certain amount of bacteria in it, that's expected and I'd be foolish to believe otherwise. However, I do not want anything but the minimum bacteria allowed by the government in my food. I can't stop things that are in the air or that are already present, but I will not sit back and watch ANYONE take something out of their mouth and place it something that I'm going to eat, and then still eat it! YUCK! LOL!! I have a question, If there was a spoon in that same salsa, would you be okay with someone eating off of it; would you use that spoon to get your salsa or would you eat off of it yourself? :)
    Probably not. I see no huge difference, but that's just my opinion. This post is interesting, even though I don't agree with it, I do understand. Thanks but no thanks, lol

  3. Raimundo Rivera Jr.June 30, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    I loved this post. I personally say to each his own and respect the house rules on all self-contained dipping reservoirs. The germ argument was a good point because thats what most peoples "peeve" is but definitely a great post.