Maybe the most used condiment around the world and yet hardly anyone ever talks about it. Maybe because it's such an afterthought when you buy a Burger and Fries, maybe because Heinz controls 63% of the market (Mr. Buffett bought them out for 28 Billion last year) and we never look for alternatives as we do for many other staples? Best butcher, best baker, top quality fruits and so on.
Years ago I watched Jamie Oliver show off making his own ketchup and all I thought was, "Why bother?" That's how unimportant Ketchup is on my plate.
So you may understand my surprise when we went to Five Guys yesterday and Victoria pulls out a small, recycled Apple jiuce bottle from her bag and tells me she made her own ketchup. When? How? WHY? All I get is a shrug these days. I knew we had home made BBQ sauce in France, but that was because we could not get Cattle Boyz brand over there. But ketchup?
I have used Heinz ketchup pretty much all my life and never really questioned it's flavor or job to enhance my food. It's tomato sauce with few ingredients to dip the fries into. And yet, over the years I tried to find the better of most other things I ate. Or made.
Ketchup, the last frontier in home cooking. Eliminate the not so good ingredients, enhance the flavor with your own mix of herbs, blend it all up into a smooth texture and before you know it, Heinz will have to bring an "Artisan" ketchup to market and protect their shelve space at Costco.......
Victoria's version was full of Oregano flavor, something that needs to be toned down a bit, a much stronger tomato taste which I enjoyed over Heinz and less of a shiny texture.Which may be the clincher for me, if you think about it, it has to be the additives that make Heinz' version so nice and shiny. never thought about it before but really, it is a highly industrialized product.
The more I thought about it the more it made sense. That is why I started making my own Mayo, flavor and quality. You never go back to Helman's after you whipped up your own version of that condiment. Now add Ketchup to that list.
Anyway. Here is a video with that cook from London, he shows you how to make it.
IN A MARTINELLI BOTTLE
SECOND BEST FAST FOOD FRIES
TWO KETCHUPS, SIDE BY SIDE
BOTH STICK WELL TO THE FRIES