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Catching Up on Ketchup

By admin | April 11, 2012

Photo: Scout Seventeen

Photo: Scout Seventeen

By: Michael Engle

Have you ever wondered why ketchup labels itself as “tomato ketchup,” even though “other” ketchup is almost impossible to find?  This is because ketchup has a long, rich, and interesting history.  Tomatoes have only served as the standard ketchup base for a little more than 200 years.  Surprisingly, if not for a since-proven misconception about tomatoes, ketchup may not have become so firmly entrenched with tomatoes.

Ketchup can be construed to be a descendant of fish sauce (ke-chiap), which is an Asian condiment made of pickled fish and spices.  After ke-chiap was invented in China, in the 1690′s, it soon became incorporated into Malay culture.  In the 1740′s, British explorers discovered ke-chiap in Malaysia, and imported it to England.  Eventually, the product name evolved to the anglicized “ketchup.”  In British cuisine, the most popular ketchup was neither a tomato variety nor the original fish version; instead, the Brits invented a mushroom ketchup to accompany their Victorian meat pies, puddings, and roasts. Read More

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Tweaking an American Classic

By admin | August 10, 2011

Photo: Rachel Tayse

Photo: Rachel Tayse

BY MATT ESSERT

Everyone loves ketchup. It’s something you grow up with and use as much as possible when you’re a kid. But as some people get older, they unfortunately tend to view ketchup negatively. Thinking of it as pedestrian or too simple, a lot of foodies want something more interesting. But there are others who disagree. Read More

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