Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Cavalcade of Catsups

Does it seem a little weird that Heinz always advertises "Tomato Ketchup"? My guess is that most people don't think there's any other kind. The Household Searchlight Recipe Book (1936) reminds us that there were all kinds of seasonally-appropriate "catsups" for home cooks to make.

Tired of pickles and want to use up the end of the cucumber run? How about this:

Of course, I'm not a fan of any condiments (with the possible exception of hot sauce) anyway, so the thought of cucumbers cooked with sugar, cinnamon, onion, cloves, and vinegar holds zero appeal for me, but maybe this sounds like a reasonable way to use up the crop for other people? I kind of wonder if a step is missing, too. There is no milling or pureeing step, so it seems more like this would be a relish than a "catsup."

What if you're the kind of person who wants to put catsup on your pork chops, but you worry that would seem weird? Well, maybe this would help:

I'm not sure how well a basic spiced applesauce would play with mustard, onion, and vinegar, but apparently it's a treat in Texas.

And maybe it's a little early to start thinking about Thanksgiving, but we're less than two months away now. What if you might want some festive catsup for the turkey?

It's sieved cranberry sauce with vinegar: the perfect holiday companion for catsup fiends!

Okay, just in case you wanted the classic, it's there too:

Now you have the perfect catsup for any fall occasion. Don't say I never gave you anything.


  1. Ketchup catsup. Ketchup catsup. I am in way over my head-- C. Mongtomery Burns

  2. I'm thinking Heinz promoted "Tomato Ketchup" because they had their own tomato farmers at their disposal. I may be wrong but I don't think ke-tsiap was originally made with tomatoes. Maybe they had to reinforce the American mind, lol..I don't like the stuff or any other catsup for that matter.

    Thanks for the variety, Poppy...

    1. I think I read somewhere that it was originally a fish-based sauce... Don't have time to check right now, but I am pretty sure you're right that it wasn't originally tomato.

  3. I had no idea there were any other types of Catsup! They all sound good except for the cucumber one. Not sure what you would serve that with.

    1. Maybe put it on falafel? Wild guess since I'm not a condiment person, but a lot of places serve pickles and/or a cucumbery-type sauce with falafel anyway.