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Do you know this simple trick to get ketchup out of glass Heinz bottles?

by Julie Pennell / / Source: TODAY

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We’ve all been a part of the struggle when it comes to trying to get ketchup out of a glass Heinz bottle, but apparently not everyone was in on the not-so-secret trick to make it easier.

You may try shaking it with all your might, whacking it from the base, or even using a knife to coerce the condiment out of the bottle — all to no avail. But stop everything because you’re doing it all wrong.

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Thanks to a 2016 article from Mirror Online that's getting some buzz, there’s been a recent wave of media attention revealing the secret to getting your ketchup out faster from any Heinz glass bottle.

So, what’s the trick?

“The sweet spot to tap on the Heinz bottle is the 57 on the neck,” a Heinz spokesperson explained to TODAY Food. “All you need to do is apply a firm tap where the bottle narrows, and the ketchup will come out easier.”

It’s a hack only very few people were aware of until recently, says Heinz in its Frequently Asked Questions section on the website. If you've heard it before, consider yourself in-the-know. And if you’re just now hearing it for the first time, welcome to the club.

Gone are the days of the endless struggle! At least when it comes to ketchup, of course.

The “57” isn’t just for tapping, either. The number actually represents the historical advertising slogan of the brand. So when you’re showing off your new ketchup release trick to your friends, you might want to throw out this fun tidbit.

What exactly does “57” stand for? Quite frankly, it’s H. J. Heinz’s lucky number.

According to the company’s website, in 1896, the founder was inspired by an advertisement he saw for “21 styles of shoes.” He considered 57 to be magical and lucky, so he came up with the slogan “57 Varieties” despite the fact the company offered more than 60 products at the time.

Today, the brand offers more than 5,700 products — but is still known for “57 Varieties.”

You learn something new every day, huh?

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