A red, tomato-based condiment typically served with grilled or fried food, such as hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries or eggs. The main ingredients in modern ketchup are tomato concentrate, sweetener (generally corn syrup or sugar), vinegar, salt, spices and garlic powder.
A thick red tomato sauce with a very smooth texture. Not extremely fluid, yet pourable.
Selecting and Buying
Preparation and Use
Ketchup is often used with french fries, hot dogs, hamburgers, and various cooked meats and as a base for sauces. In countries such as Australia, New Zealand and in South Africa the term 'tomato sauce' is used instead of the British and American usage of the word ketchup. Ketchup is also known as tomato ketchup, red sauce, Tommy sauce, Tommy K, or dead horse in Australian rhyming slang.
Conserving and Storing
Ketchup can be stored at room temperature because of the preservatives added to it, but refrigeration is also acceptable and will not affect its integrity.