I love ketchup. I am a big dipper from birth. I love to dip. I don’t limit dipping to fries and potato chips in ketchup but my dipping habits are for another article. Ketchup on a hot dog? Not happening but on a burger and I am a happy girl. I remember the days when you had 3 choices:
In my mind ketchup was created for dipping some type of fried potato. Ketchup on a hot dog? Not happening but on a burger and I am a happy girl.
I remember the days when you had 3 choices of ketchup:
- Store Brand
I’m dating myself here but do you remember the scene from Mr. Mom when Michael Keaton is trying to order deli meat and cheese? That is what it’s like shopping in the ketchup aisle at any supermarket today.
Welcome to 2016 and practically a whole grocery store aisle dedicated to Ketchup
So that I can satisfy my need to #PlayWithMyFood I am playing with ketchup.
Today you will discover several differences in taste, color, and texture between many of the name brand traditional, flavored and organic varieties of ketchup on the grocery store shelf.
For this taste test, I selected these 7 brands:
I was amazed at the vast difference in taste, color, and texture each ketchup brand brought to the table. Overall, the “Traditional” style ketchup I found to be very light in color, no real tomato flavor and had a thin, watery texture.
The organic ketchup offered more robust flavor, deep red color and thick texture.
I am now an organic ketchup convert.
Color- bright red
This is my favorite of the “Traditional” type ketchup varieties . This store-brand ketchup has more sweet than vinegar taste. It actually has a more pronounced tomato flavor than Heniz or Hunts.
Color- medium red color
Taste- vinegar forward flavor not real tomato taste
I was always a fan of Heinz ketchup. It’s what my mom had in our home and I have used for years. Until recently. I was disappointed in the flavor compared to the others in this taste test. Heinz is very acidic compared to the other options.
Although their ketchup is not my favorite the Heinz story an interesting one.
Color- medium red
Taste- vinegar forward, sweet tomato paste finish
Texture- thin and watery
Of all the ketchup sampled for this article, this was my second least favorite. The tomato paste I detect on the finish does not appeal to me.
Funny enough, Shop Rite brand, Heinz and Hunt’s ketchup are prepared with the same ingredients in the same order yet such different flavors. It must be in what they list as “Natural Flavors.”
The organic category is where I found the greatest difference in taste, texture, and color. It seems “organic” means #PlayWithYourFood.
As a whole, all the organic brands are deep rich red in color, thick texture, and prevalent tomato flavor.
My favorite of all the brands sampled is Muir Glen. It featured a deep tomato taste and I love the dense texture. It is a great dipping ketchup and perfect for cooking and BBQ sauce.
My least favorite of the organics was the Organic Ville. Their ingredient list includes agave which gave it a different taste I didn’t care for.
I hope this has inspired you to evaluate how you buy ketchup and experiment for yourself.
Would love to hear your comments about kethcup in the comments below.