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Old 08-16-2016, 04:12 PM   #1
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Ketchup Hate?

Just curious about the comments I see occasionally about from folks who find ketchup to be somehow related to Satanic worship. I certainly don't put it on everything like my father did (never did understand why everything he ate had to taste like ketchup), but I do find it quite useful for adding zip to some sauces and dishes. I always have a bottle of Heinz in the fridge.

It's a regular ingredient in many of my barbecue sauce recipes, and my Mom's sloppy joes were just ground beef, ketchup, vinegar, onion, Worcestershire, and a dash of yellow mustard. I grew up on them and still love them to this day. I can whip up a batch in about 15 minutes from starting to brown the beef to sitting down at the table. The dominant flavor was the vinegar, not the ketchup (which is why my wife won't eat them - she says they are too vinegary ).

It's also mandatory on a cheeseburger.
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Old 08-16-2016, 04:17 PM   #2
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I think it has to do with that some people have ketchup to everything even cinnamon buns, just so it will taste good. But those who do that dont even taste food and I think they are scared of flavours. I on the other hand have ketchup at home but will add lingon jam to everything but soup.
Ketchup has it places but not on burgers, that I dont even use lingonjam, unless it elk ( alces Alces) mince...
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Old 08-16-2016, 04:41 PM   #3
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I like ketchup and will put it on hot dogs and hamburgers and also in meatloaf, but I draw the line at eggs! But I also seem to use ketchup in a lot of sauce recipes, like hoisin baked chicken. So I usually keep a bottle on hand.
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Old 08-16-2016, 04:43 PM   #4
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I'm one of those who doesn't like ketchup at all, and haven't bought a bottle in over 20 years.

I do keep chili sauce on hand though and find it a much better substitute, at least for me. I use it when I make Thousand Island salad dressing and BBQ sauce, and now and then as a meatloaf glaze. I always have a bottle of cocktail sauce in my fridge too, sometimes I'll have a little of that with shrimp.

I like just mayo on hamburgers - once in a while a blend of mayo and chili sauce. No plain ketchup in this house, though.
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Old 08-16-2016, 04:50 PM   #5
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I have ketchup, just don't eat it on everything like I did when I was a kid. When Shrek and I were starting to date, he took me out for an expensive steak dinner. He says when I didn't put ketchup on my medium rare steak he knew right then I was a keeper.

Burgers-no ketchup, hot dogs-ketchup, french fries-may or may not have ketchup.
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Old 08-16-2016, 04:56 PM   #6
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I don't use much of it, and mostly because it's very sugary. But there are a handful of foods I like it on. All of these are holdovers from childhood:
  • Hamburgers
  • Fried egg sandwiches (but not on just plain eggs)
  • Corned beef hash. This was the way my dad always ate it.

And of course BBQ sauce. That's really about it.
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Old 08-16-2016, 05:05 PM   #7
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If I need a barbecue sauce, ketchup is a nice base to start with.
If I need a few tablespoons of tomato paste, ketchup is a good substitute.
A little ketchup, pickle relish and mayo make a darn good thousand island dressing.
Ketchup is good with french fries, all 2 times a year that I treat myself to them.
I just finished making ketchup for the year using the ball recipe, reducing the sugar by 1/3, it is delicious.
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Old 08-16-2016, 06:07 PM   #8
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We use store bought "ketchup" as an ingredient in some BBQ sauces. Very rarely as a condiment. We do use it in a topping mix for meatloaf. IMO, use it as you wish!
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Old 08-16-2016, 06:15 PM   #9
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I use ketchup on French fries only.
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Old 08-16-2016, 07:07 PM   #10
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Fries
Burgers
Eggs(mixed with sambal olek or another hot sauce)
Hot dogs
Shepherds pie
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