KETCHUP?!?

After my last post I realized I didn’t officially announce what “K” is for… hahaha

I guess I just got in recipe-blogging mode and I forgot to introduce this letter…

SO….. TA DA!!!

“K IS FOR KETCHUP!!!”

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I know you’re excited.

I couldn’t help but share some things I found funny during my “research” on ketchup.

First of all, “Ketchup Doritos”??? Who knew?!

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And now, so cute… I wonder where this kids’ parents found this costume… ??

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And… if you don’t have kids but are in the market for a dog version of the “ketchup” costume…

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Hahahahahaha…. Only a dog could pull that off… haha

I went through a “Draw Something” phase that has now passed… but check out this drawing (none of my drawings ever looked this good by the way…)

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And finally… a few things to make you giggle a bit… or at least they got a giggle out of me…

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And one more…

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Love that one!… Poor tomato 🙂

KETCHUP!!!

It’s the most popular condiment in the United States and most of us invite it to just about any cookout that we have.

I was surprised to find that ketchup has not always been the tomato-based sauce that we know today. What?!

Ketchup actually was originally made in Asia and Indonesia. It was a savory sauce made by brining and pickling fish (often anchovies), and they called it “Kachiap”. It was brought back to Britain and called “Catsup” and then later “Ketchup”. It was the colonists to America (the New England crowd) that included tomatoes in the sauce while omitting the anchovies. While I don’t exactly know what this looked like or why it is considered the same sauce at all… I do know that the tangy, slightly sweet tomato sauce that I know and love today sounds better than an pickled, brined anchovy sauce.

Maybe if I had a chance to try it I would change my tune…. somehow I doubt it.

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We all recognize the “Heinz” name when it comes to ketchup.

Henry J. Heinz developed a recipe for ketchup in 1876 and it hasn’t changed to this day. Many others tried to market ketchup, too, but Heinz and a couple others (Hunt’s and Del Monte) stayed in business. Heinz also bottled other condiments before coming up with his famous ketchup recipe. In 1869 he packaged his first product: fresh grated horseradish. He put it in clear bottles so people could see the purity of it before they ever paid for it.

None of the three prevailing companies dabbles only in ketchup, though. You have probably seen their labels all over the grocery store and may not have even realized it! To read more and to see other products offered by Heinz, Hunt’s, & Del Monte, just click on their names. I had forgotten how many products these companies sell!!

Another topic… NUTRITION

Many of us love the flavor of ketchup, but it also has a variety of nutritional benefits. It contains lycopene (a phytochemical found in tomatoes that may help prevent heart disease and some cancers) and it contains carotenoids like beta-carotene (which also may help ward off cancer).

Ketchup is low in calories but it’s much healthier to use LOW-SUGAR ketchup instead of the regular stuff. While your typical ketchup has 15 calories per tablespoon (very low calorie), it still has FOUR grams of sugar in each tablespoon! Low-sugar ketchup runs about 5 calories per tablespoon and only has ONE gram of sugar in that tablespoon.  

And finally… COST

Since I focus on finding budget-friendly recipes for you and your family, I researched some prices for ketchup here’s what I found:

Basically, the LOWEST price for ketchup will be just over FOUR cents per ounce if you buy it at your local dollar store (they sell “Hunt’s” at Dollar Tree, which is a popular dollar store in the Phoenix area). The HIGHEST prices for ketchup will come from LOW-sugar, brand-name versions, and will run you closer to 29 cents per ounce. The price goes up from there if you buy homemade or unique ketchups at the market or specialty food stores.

Well, that’s all for now… another ketchup recipe to come soon!

Love, Jenna

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