Wednesday, June 19, 2019

I Like This Version Best...!

Once in a while, a change in a recipe makes for a better product. At least, it did in my opinion, with ketchup. Here is the story of the change from Listverse.


Americans call it ketchup; others call it tomato sauce. Whatever you call it, the tomato-based sauce is slathered all over tons of meals every day. However, does squirting fermented fish guts on your breakfast sausages sound appealing? This was actually the origin of the sauce so many know and love today.

The Chinese ke-tsiap was a pungent sauce made from fermented fish. During the 18th century, the British tried to copy the unique flavor of this Asian sauce using foods such as anchovies, mushrooms, and nuts.

Tomatoes were eventually added to the recipe in the early 19th century, but the tomato-based ketchups spoiled easily. Ingredients such as coal tar were added to the mix in an attempt to improve the shelf life of the sauce.

It wasn’t until the late 1800s that a man named Henry Heinz decided to not only modify the type of tomatoes used but to take advantage of the fruit’s natural preservatives. He also added a healthy dash of vinegar to the mix to make the world’s favorite condiment we enjoy today.

I really like the taste of ketchup on certain foods, like french fries and hash browns. However I use it sparingly on other foods as well.

Coffee out on the patio this morning. No ketchup in mine, thanks.


linda m said...

I am not a huge catsup eater but my hubby is. I do need catsup on hot dogs, hamburgers and fries. Don't think I would have liked the Chinese version - fish guts really turn me off.

Mamahen said...

Very interesting
I like it on alot of things too. A girl I use to work with got me started adding a bit on top of my Mac n cherse. Don't knock it until you try it. lol I thought it sounded gross, but it is pretty good.

HermitJim said...

Hey Linda...
I can go along with the not wanting the Chinese version, for sure.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Hey Mamahen...
Doesn't sound too gross to me.
Thanks for coming over today!

Rob said...

I never would have thought to call it "tomato sauce".

JO said...

I'm not a big fan of ketchup but I do like it in my burger and if I don't have tomato paste in the house I will use to make meat loaf. Don't use it on my french fries. But sure glad they don't use fish guts.

See you all on the patio

HermitJim said...

Hey Rob...
Neither would I, my friend...neither would I.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Hey Jo...
I've been known to use it in making meatloaf as well, dear.
Thanks for dropping by today!

Dizzy-Dick said...

When I was a kid, my Dad was Heinz salesman and of course we ate a lot of Heinz Ketchup and it isn't spelled with a "C" like catsup.