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anyone remember Ritter Ketchup?

FISHINC Aug 4, 2009 05:44 PM

Wish they still made it. A little spicy, remember it from my childhood and can still taste it!

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    Chefpaulo RE: FISHINC Aug 4, 2009 06:23 PM

    Remember it well, Fishinc. You must be in the Philly area as that's where it was made and distributed. The Ritter estate is along Church Road in Elkins Park - a big brick place. I think it is now a Reconstructionist rabbinical college.

    My dad knew all of the local area food producers as our family was of that genre (we were jams and jellies). In my dimmest of early childhood memories, I think I was at the Ritter house once. If not, it was at the home of the owners of Mrs. Schlorer's mayonnaise. If you remember Ritter's ketchup, you have to remember Mrs. Schlorer's.


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      glennafoth RE: FISHINC Sep 6, 2012 08:04 PM

      I remember Ritter Ketchup well. It was the only one my family and myself would eat. I thought it was made in Camden, NJ, but it was a small company in Bridgeton, NJ which closed in 1976.
      Wish they still made it too.

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        MonMauler RE: FISHINC Sep 6, 2012 08:34 PM

        The only ketchup that exists is Heinz. There never has been and never will be another. Everything else is garbage. When I go somewhere and plan to use ketchup it is always a supreme disappointment if it isn't Heinz. One of the worst developments in current culinary trends is the restaurants and gastropubs with their "house made ketchup." Give me Heinz because nothing else is ketchup.

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          glennafoth RE: MonMauler Sep 6, 2012 08:59 PM

          We were talking about Ritter Ketchup. It was the best. It was a local entity I think. Heinz is good but we were remembering Ritter. Get it.

        2. DuchessNukem RE: FISHINC Sep 6, 2012 11:33 PM

          Never heard of it myself, but you got me curious. Found an old ad for Ritter Tabasco Ketchup (1945):


          A taste of tomorrow indeed. Somewhere out there in the ether, Mr. Ritter is laughing at the Sriracha boom. :)

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            nanook69 RE: FISHINC Dec 25, 2012 10:01 PM

            I do remember it. The last I saw it was when I was a kid in the early 70's and it was at "Phillies" in Mayfair, Phila. The Ritters were a non-blood relation via my link through the Keller's, I think. (early 1900s). They also canned beans too.

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              Chefpaulo RE: FISHINC Dec 26, 2012 05:17 PM

              Ritter was a Philadelphia regional food brand 40 years(+) ago. I recall a few other food products under the name (relish?, mayo?) but not specifically. My dad was in the food business and knew Mr. Ritter. As a kid of 5 or 6 (so about 1957), I was once at his house on Church Road in Elkins Park, PA outside of Philadelphia. After he died, his estate became a Reconstructionist rabbinical college. Even though dad knew him, we only had Heinz ketchup in the house. But that is a story for another thread..

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                ken in california RE: FISHINC May 19, 2013 11:22 AM

                I do indeed remember Ritter relish. We always had it at home in Queens, NY in the 50's, 60's. Never have found any relish that had the unique sweet/taste of Ritter's. In addition, they had the classiest bottle/label! I still miss it. PS.Gotta add, Hunt's ketchup is so much better than Heinz....

                1. bagelman01 RE: FISHINC May 19, 2013 11:43 AM

                  I remember it from my days at UofP more than 40 years ago. Didn't eat it, because I don't eat any ketchup, but iut was one of the local brands in the apartment, along with Frank's red cream soda

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