28 July 2010

Ketchup: Stonewall Kitchen Country Ketchup

I'm a BBQ sauce guy through-and-through, but lately I've been rediscovering the joys of ketchup.  Regular readers know my thoughts on Heinz (hint: it's awesome), but it's always good to get out and try new condiments.  My Stonewall Kitchen Country Ketchup purchase was a complete impulse buy that turned out to be excellent.

FLAVOR - Heavy on the tomato and vinegar flavor, with a sweet middle and a mildly spicy finish; notes of allspice or clove
CONSISTENCY - Thick, with large pieces of chewy (in a good way) tomatoes
APPEARANCE - Typical ketchup red, with visible chunks of white garlic and spices

SMELL - Sharp vinegar tang with an undertone of Sunday sauce gravy

INGREDIENTS - Tomatoes (tomato juice, citric acid, calcium chloride), tomato paste, pure cane sugar, red bell peppers, white vinegar, onions, water, garlic, salt, crushed red pepper flakes, spices

You might recognize Stonewall Kitchen as king of the shopping mall sample dips. ("Would you like to try a stale pretzel stick dipped in our congealed wasabi mustard that's been sitting out since 8AM?")  Well, they definitely got things right with their Country Ketchup.  I found it to be super tasty on both a grilled veggie sandwich and a more traditional hamburger.

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