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I found a really good bottled ketchup

Thanks to all of the great things I read and learn on Chowhound, I have been slowly but surely changing my shopping, cooking, and eating habits. (I'm a constant lurker but not a big contributor, since I feel my food knowledge is much more limited than most everybody else's.) As a result of a somewhat recent thread which discussed ketchup, I began a hunt for something better than Heinz, and I'm happy to say I've found it. It's Wilkin & Sons 'Tiptree' Tomato Ketchup. The ingredients are: "Tomatoes (75%), Sugar, Wine Vinegar, Salt, Lemon Juice, Spices." It has a thick consistency and an undefinable texture, but most importantly, it tastes very tomato-y. My DH and I had it on burgers last night. He was skeptical, because he is very much a product of the fast-food, everything-convenient, I-like-my-comfort-zone nation. Well, after we ate the burgers, he dipped the knife back into the bottle (it's really too thick to pour), ran his finger across the knife to get a taste of just the ketchup. He gave it a big thumbs-up, as I had the previous night. The only drawback (a big one, to be sure) is the price. If my memory is correct, it was $6.99 for 11 oz. Ouch! I concluded that I will buy both Heinz and Tiptree, use the Heinz for cooking (i.e., in meatloaf) and for a condiment for kids, and use the Tiptree for an adult condiment.

I just wanted to share my find!

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  1. The company is much better known for its jams and marmalades, which are commonly available here.

    Much better for savoury stuff is Tracklements Ltd. They do a really tasty tomato & pepper ketchup which has a slight backnote of chili. Great with your fish finger sandwiches.

        1. re: Babyducks

          Third the Heinz Organic. Or Muir Glen Organic. Those are now my two go-to ketchups.

        2. re: steakman55

          Whole Foods 365 ketchup is just as good as Heinz organic and its usually cheaper. my absolute favorite ketchup was Smuckers ketchup, but they stopped making it about 10 years ago.

        3. That is very nice to know - but a bit pricey for me simply because I use so little ketchup. Thanks.

          1. if you have a trader joe's near you, you're in luck b/c i've found their brand to be the most 'tomatoey', also excluding that nasty high fructose corn syrup and other disgusting ingredients AND inexpensive!! i wouldn't be surprised if theirs is exactly the same as heinz organic, only made for tj's. once i tasted it, i never went back!!

            1. I'm all about the more 'refined' ketchups out there and the deeper flavors that they have, but sometimes Heinz just hits the spot!

              1. For 60 cents an oz you're better off making your own. It's just sweetened, reduced tomato sauce. I think last week I made enough for the year from two cans of tomatoes. And it is easier to tweak to your taste.

                1. The best I ever tasted (also anything else she makes: jams, preserves, etc.) is the ketchup from June Taylor's (http://www.junetaylorjams.com/about/a...) Still-Room in west Berkeley @ 2207 4th St. Unlike _anything_ mass-produced. The Still-Room is only open on Fridays, 12-4pm, it's the front of the space where she's stirring her pots, simmering the heirloom and forgotten fruits she obtains exclusively from small family farms. Many of them are almost extinct (both the farms, and the varieties! >;-) The cost is "dear", but it supports such good things, (including my TASTE BUDS!) I can't resist going by every so often. As hostess gifts, they're brilliant.
                  And for those interested in hearing her speak about producing products that almost taste more like the fruit than the fruit itself, see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyTc8x... -- and then go taste some.

                  1. I for one would like to thank lisavf for sharing her find!!
                    I'm going to try to find it so that I can try it.
                    BBQ season is upon us and my burgers deserve the good stuff!
                    I love to try new condiments!
                    I know Tiptree for their excellent preserves--that doesn't mean they won't make a great ketchup.

                    1. Linda, from the Dominican Republic, is very good and tomato-ey. Available in bodegas and supermarkets in Latin neighborhoods in the city.

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                      1. I use busha brownes spicy loveapple sauce as a ketchup substitute. wonderful on fries

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                        1. re: quazi

                          And I prefer Melinda's Habanero Ketchup (http://www.melindas.com/sauces/ketchu...), it's not as hot as the name would imply but much tastier than regular ketchups.

                        2. Thanks for sharing -- I will have to try it if I come across it.

                          This thread made me think of an article that was published a few years ago on why Heinz is so dominant in the ketchup market, and why, unlike say mustards, gourmet ketchup had not really caught on. Maybe things are starting to turn around!

                          Here's the article, which was originally published in the New Yorker in 2004:


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                          1. re: DanaB

                            Fascinating article, Dana - thanks for posting it!

                          2. I'll have to try that one. My favorite one (and I've tried alot lately) is from South Africa, no preservatives, thickeners etc, just nice flavor

                            1. My favorite is Intensity Academy's Chai Curry Chup. It is a Chai-Tea infused curry ketchup.

                              Fleming Island, FL, Fleming Island, FL

                              1. Best ketchup I ever had was "Watties Tomato Sauce" in New Zealand. Can't get it in the U.S. (unless somebody out there in Chowhound land knows where) It's been taken over by Heinz International and they don't/won't supply it here.