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Apr 27, 2009 01:57 PM

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!