Who Makes the Best Ketchup?

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Foodbme
Porterhouse
2012/11/02 00:00:59
While we Purest Hot Dog Lovers hold anyone who puts Ketchup on a hot dog in great distain and admonish them to the fires of Hell, there still was over $1.2 BILLION dollars worth of the red stuff sold in 2011!
According to a survey conducted by Serious Eats, Heinz Organic came out on top!
Here's the article:
http://www.seriouseats.com/2012/10/taste-test-the-best-ketchup.html?utm_source=Serious+Eats+Newsletters&utm_campaign=009fbffd6e-Turkey_Talk_Natural_Kosher_or_Injected_11_1_2012&utm_medium=email
kland01s
Filet Mignon
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/02 09:51:17
That's my favorite ketchup. I have always stuck with Heinz but the only thing I use ketchup on is pork sausage or to mix with mayo and horseradish for a sauce.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/02 09:59:26
I very much like ketchup on scrambled eggs/omelets and potatoes.  And considering where I am from, you know Heinz is #1.  Or is it #57? 
hatteras04
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/02 10:03:30
I'm having flashbacks of like 8 years ago.  Wasn't there a monster thread about this and some running joke about mixing del monte ketchup and something else.  Forum memories!
1bbqboy
Filet Mignon
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/02 10:44:55
Does Brooks still exist?
6star
Filet Mignon
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/02 11:11:51
Brooks is now owned by Birds Eye Foods & has limited distribution:
http://www.catsupbottle.com/brooks/brooks.html
1bbqboy
Filet Mignon
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/02 11:14:54
Thanks, 6star. Brooks was my favorite growing up in the center of the country, but  Oregon is a whole different world.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/02 12:15:36
I use catsup for just two things. I add it to corned beef hash and mix it with horseradish to make a dipping sauce for shrimp steamed in beer. All catsup tastes the same to me.
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/02 12:31:29
Heinz!  Heck, there's a football field named after it!
SeamusD
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/02 13:18:17
If I'm buying it for home, it's Hunt's with no HFCS. Otherwise, I haven't really given much though to it.
Root-Beer Man
Cheeseburger
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/02 14:15:29
I have to agree with the Serious Eats crew. I've used Heinz Organic since it came out and the taste just flat out blows away the competition. It tastes the way ketchup is supposed to taste. I also keep bigger bottles of Simply Heinz on hand, too. They left this one out of their test, sadly. It's a close second to the Organic and is sweetened with sugar and doesn't have a lot in it. Just the things you'd expect in a ketchup called Simply Heinz.
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/02 14:30:03
I always buy Heinz, just bought a bottle of it that said with Balsamic Vinegar, I couldn't taste any difference.
fishtaco
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/02 14:38:07
I don't use a lot of the stuff. Not even on fries. On a burger sometimes. When I do, the local stuff. Red Gold. All of their products are top notch.
BelleReve
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/02 16:27:25
Heintz, I buy the smallest botle I can find, and it lasts me a long time.  Sometimes I'll cook a hamburger patty and make a dipping sauce for it by mixing thick Lea and Perrins and Heintz.  
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/02 23:16:34
chewingthefat
I always buy Heinz, just bought a bottle of it that said with Balsamic Vinegar, I couldn't taste any difference.

I don't know who started this Damn Balsamic Vinegar craze, but putting Balsamic Vinegar in Ketchup is just WRONG!
Bad enough screwing up good olive oil with the wretched stuff but doing it to Ketchup is a sin IMHO!
chicagostyledog
Filet Mignon
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/02 23:39:33
Heinz has a great history and reputation. Many fast food chains and independent restaurants use Heinz. It's my top choice of ketchup and I started using the Organic Heinz the day it hit the shelves. While those of us from Chicago profess to never apply ketchup on a hot dog, most will confess they use Heinz on burgers, fries, and any other food than necessitates ketchup.
 
CSD
post edited by chicagostyledog - 2012/11/02 23:41:23
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/03 08:39:56
Good Lord! 
If ever there was a "settled matter" this is it. 
Thank you Henry John Heinz!
 
(BTW:  adulterated with balsamic vinegar, it is great with crispy tater tots).
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/03 09:45:10
We eat so little ketchup-I buy what is cheapest between Heinzs or Hunts....one bottle lasts us for a long time!
rebeltruce
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/03 15:50:39
I'm a Hunts man.....
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/03 16:39:24
Than you have my heart, rebeltruce-I prefer it..lol!
mjambro
Cheeseburger
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/03 18:35:14
ann peeples

We eat so little ketchup-I buy what is cheapest between Heinzs or Hunts....one bottle lasts us for a long time!

 
Haven't bought ketchup in 12+ years, but if I was to, guess it would come down to sugar based (hunts) vs. corn syrup (Heinz).  Ever notice how Heinz avoids listing corn syrup as the primary ingredient by listing corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup as two separate ingredients?
 
To me, ketchup is simply sugar (liquid candy having 24% sugar) with salt,  a small amount of vinegar and some red coloring.  
post edited by mjambro - 2012/11/03 18:41:26
waltpiii
Cheeseburger
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/04 18:44:32
Growing up in upstate NY, my Mom used Dole's.  I think that they used a pineapple vinegar
rebeltruce
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/05 10:41:23
ann peeples

Than you have my heart, rebeltruce-I prefer it..lol!

 
Ahhhhhh shucks..

chefbuba
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/05 10:56:56
Heinz......nothing else,  my mayo has to be Best Foods. Why settle for less?
Btw.... Heinz mustard is preferred also, just a bit more twang to it.
SeamusD
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/05 10:57:34
BelleReve

Heintz, I buy the smallest botle I can find, and it lasts me a long time.  Sometimes I'll cook a hamburger patty and make a dipping sauce for it by mixing thick Lea and Perrins and Heintz.  

Never thought about doing that, though I've mixed ketchup and A-1 and found it pretty good. I'll have to try the worcestershire though.
1bbqboy
Filet Mignon
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/05 11:25:50
I hadn't actually read the SE article. Those might be national brands but several are scarce in in the PNW.
I have to add Tabasco or some hot sauce to catsup, too sweet otherwise, with not enough kick.
gostillerz
Cheeseburger
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/05 21:53:03
I make the Heinz clone from top secret recipes. It's really good. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette did a taste test a few years ago, and Hunt's came out on top. I hardly ever use ketchup though. Fries, potato chips and campfire hot dogs occasionally.
stricken_detective
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/06 23:19:40
I like the ketchup served @ The Wiener and Still Champion, in Evanston, IL best of all.
 
I have a bottle of Heinz in my fridge for visitors who eat ketchup. I have to be in the mood for it, and it has to be cold.

SeamusD
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/07 08:57:57
stricken_detective

I like the ketchup served @ The Wiener and Still Champion, in Evanston, IL best of all.

I have a bottle of Heinz in my fridge for visitors who eat ketchup. I have to be in the mood for it, and it has to be cold.


My grandparents used to leave the bottle of ketchup in the cupboard.
ChrisOC
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/07 11:13:16
SeamusD

stricken_detective

I like the ketchup served @ The Wiener and Still Champion, in Evanston, IL best of all.

I have a bottle of Heinz in my fridge for visitors who eat ketchup. I have to be in the mood for it, and it has to be cold.


My grandparents used to leave the bottle of ketchup in the cupboard.

 
Next to the jelly?

ScreamingChicken
Filet Mignon
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/07 12:35:57
SeamusD

If I'm buying it for home, it's Hunt's with no HFCS.
I've had it before and it's pretty good, and now I want to try the Heinz Organic.  However, when the store brand (Food Club) is on sale for a buck a bottle it's tough to pass up.
 
The only thing I use ketchup for is french fries, and when salt's called for I prefer to add it to the ketchup and not the fries.
tkitna
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/09 02:30:40
I put ketchup on everything and its regular Heinz. I've tried Hunts on a few occasions and about half way through the bottle, it just seemed to be sour and i'd start missing Heinz again.
 
I can never forget the Hunts commercials either, telling us that it tasted more like Heinz now. What was the point? Might as well buy Heinz in the first place.
bartl
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/09 11:12:13
I have become fond of Chef Tomato Ketchup, which is made with malt vinegar. Kind of hard to find in the U.S., though.
 
Bart
starfire62
Cheeseburger
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/09 21:00:44
wegmans also makes a decent organic ketchup.
agnesrob
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/10 15:32:40
bartl

I have become fond of Chef Tomato Ketchup, which is made with malt vinegar. Kind of hard to find in the U.S., though.

Bart


Where do you buy that Bart? Sounds good. I'm not a big ketchup fan but on occasion I use it. Mostly I use it on a meatloaf sandwich. Have ever since I was a kid. 
Making meatloaf tomorrow for Sunday dinner. Guess I'll be using that lone bottle of ketchup we have Monday for lunch!
post edited by agnesrob - 2012/11/10 15:35:58
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/10 19:05:00
agnesrob
bartl
I have become fond of Chef Tomato Ketchup, which is made with malt vinegar. Kind of hard to find in the U.S., though.
Bart

Where do you buy that Bart? Sounds good. I'm not a big ketchup fan but on occasion I use it. Mostly I use it on a meatloaf sandwich. Have ever since I was a kid. 
Making meatloaf tomorrow for Sunday dinner. Guess I'll be using that lone bottle of ketchup we have Monday for lunch!

You can order it here:
http://www.foodireland.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=581303&Category_Code=chefsauces&Product_Count=1
bartl
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/11 19:10:02
agnesrob
bartl
I have become fond of Chef Tomato Ketchup, which is made with malt vinegar. Kind of hard to find in the U.S., though.

Where do you buy that Bart? Sounds good. I'm not a big ketchup fan but on occasion I use it. Mostly I use it on a meatloaf sandwich. Have ever since I was a kid. 
Making meatloaf tomorrow for Sunday dinner. Guess I'll be using that lone bottle of ketchup we have Monday for lunch!

Local Irish store sometimes has it. I've seen it at Shoprite when it still had a British section (the ones in my area seem to have eliminated it) and I THINK I've seen it at Fairway. Online, Food Ireland sells it, among others.
 
Bart
Pigiron
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/11 20:07:49
I have a 4 year old who puts ketchup on everything.  EVERYTHING.  I like it too, in vastly smaller quantities and on vastly fewer foods.  Simply Heinz (the one without HFCS, maybe it's Heinz organic?) is all we use. 
David_NYC
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/13 08:52:57
My personal favorite is branded Red Gold Ketchup. It is only found in the states surrounding the plant in Indiana. Red Gold is the largest producer of private label ketchup in America. AFAIK, the Red Gold formula is not sold under any private label. It sometimes shows up in schlock houses around here. I also stock up when visiting the midwest.
easydoesit
Cheeseburger
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/13 10:09:36
David_NYC

My personal favorite is branded Red Gold Ketchup. It is only found in the states surrounding the plant in Indiana. Red Gold is the largest producer of private label ketchup in America. AFAIK, the Red Gold formula is not sold under any private label. It sometimes shows up in schlock houses around here. I also stock up when visiting the midwest.

 
We love Red Gold, and feel lucky to be in the distribution area.  We have been die-hard Heinz (original) fans for over thirty years, but after trying Red Gold in a restaurant, it's all we buy.  It's actually better than that wonderful Heinz!
 
And since then we have found that all of Red Gold's tomato products are great -- that's all we have in the cupboard now for stewed and diced tomatoes and sauce and paste.

easydoesit
Cheeseburger
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/13 10:14:25
Too bad I can't trade you for some of those good Grandma Bfown beans.
easydoesit
Cheeseburger
Re:Who Makes the Best Ketchup? 2012/11/13 14:33:04
Later -- Red Gold tomato juice is the only product I can find that is NOT from concentrate -- it is fresh, light, and delicious, and a good price too.