A Blue Apron meal kit comes with all of the ingredients you need to make a homemade dinner. Each box will contain whole produce, proteins, and a knick knack bag filled with spices, sauces, and fun flavorful toppings. Some of these things, like soy sauce and vinegar, are individually packaged in custom Blue Apron knick knack bottles.

We’re a little biased, but we think these tiny plastic bottles are just adorable. Dispose of them if you must, but you can also give them a second life at home. Here’s how we love to upcycle our knick knack bottles.

At home uses for Blue Apron knick knack bottles

use blue apron knick knack bottle to pack salad dressing

Pack a salad dressing 

If you’re packing a salad for lunch, mix up a dressing, pour it into a knick knack bottle, and pack the whole bottle along with your salad. When it’s time to eat, just give the bottle a shake and dress your salad before digging in. Packing dressing separately will keep the salad crisp until lunchtime. 

propagate plant

Propagate a plant 

Propagating plants is a rewarding at home science experiment. Start by trimming a 4 inch piece of stem from a healthy plant like a pothos. Be sure that a few leaves are included. Then, just fill a knick knack bottle with water, place the stem in water, and set the whole thing in a sunny place. New roots should sprout in about a week. After roots have sprouted, the plant can be transferred to soil. 

use knick knack bottles for shampoo

Travel-size shampoo

Pack for short trips with Blue Apron knick knack bottles. Transfer your favorite shampoo, conditioner, or body wash into these small bottles and breeze through airport security without a care in the world. 

Get started with these upcycling ideas, and then use your imagination! Some of our home cooks have shared that they’ll use knick knack bottles to pack spices or condiments for picnics and travel. You could even create a to-go cocktail kit by filling bottles with liqueurs and citrus juice and bringing them to a gathering.