What is ketchup made for? Well, if you were to ask my brother, he’d tell you ketchup is one of the four major food groups. For the most part, ketchup’s claim to fame is as a condiment. In fact, it is one of the most popular condiments. Lots of people wouldn’t dare eat their french fries, hamburgers, or hot dogs without it. Die hard ketchup lovers put ketchup on anything and everything. It was originally made as a fish sauce, but has grown into so much more.
Ketchup is a sanity saver. For all the mothers out there with young children that are picky eaters, ketchup is a useful tool in getting them to eat. Try serving an “icky” food to a picky eater and they won’t touch it. Drown that “icky” food in ketchup and they eat it right up. Ketchup as a kitchen tool for picky eaters definitely helps moms keep their sanity.
If you’re a swimmer and can’t get that chlorine smell out of your hair, or if you’re blond hair has turned a little green from the pool, you can use ketchup to get your hair back to normal. Take a bottle of ketchup into the shower and massage some ketchup generously into your hair. Leave it in for 15 to 20 minutes and then shampoo out with baby shampoo. The odor and color should be gone.
If you have copper cookware that is tarnished, you can use ketchup to polish it and get it to shine. Simply coat the item with a thin layer of ketchup and let sit for 5 to 30 minutes. Then rinse and dry immediately. The acid in the ketchup reacts with the tarnish and removes it.
Ketchup will also add sparkle back to your silver jewelry. If the jewelry piece has a smooth surface you simply dunk it into a bowl of ketchup for a few minutes, rinse clean, and then dry. If the surface is detailed, use an old toothbrush to work ketchup into the crevices, let sit for a few minutes, rinse clean, and then dry. Your jewelry is now ready to wear.
Other than a condiment, ketchup is a popular ingredient in a lot of recipes. According to www.huntsketchup.com – “It’s more than a condiment- It’s a tasty ingredient.” There are a number of delicious-sounding recipes on their site such as, Baked Beans or Tangy Texas BBQ Ribs. Who hasn’t made a meatloaf and used ketchup as a sauce on top? Ketchup is economical and versatile.
Ketchup…I’d say it’s much more than a dipping sauce for fries.
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