Could These New Ketchup Leather Squares Change Burgers Forever?


Plan Check in Los Angeles is known for their insane dishes. One of the cooler innovations from the Plan Check kitchen is their “Ketchup Leather.” Though it looks more like a Fruit Roll-Up than actual leather, the tangible condiment is actually solidified ketchup.

The purpose of the Ketchup Leather, according to Food Steez, is to keep the sweet red sauce from soaking into the burger bun. Upon contact with the meat patty, the perfect square of ketchup rehydrates itself.

If there’s a takeaway from any of this, it’s that we need more Ketchup Leather in our lives. Our burger buns have been unbearably soggy these days.

Check out the video below of Food Steez’s Plan Check visit.


Finally, A Scientific Reason Why Ketchup Is So Damn Hard To Pour


If you’ve ever handled ketchup, you know the struggle of trying to get an even pour on your fries, or burger.

While we’ve kind of just accepted it and tried to figure out our own strategies to get a good pour, there’s actually a scientific reason why ketchup can be such an a-hole.

Ketchup doesn’t act like a normal liquid. Instead, its thickness is constantly changing, depending on how much force we put on it, according to TED-Ed.

When we see ketchup in a bottle, it acts like a solid, but with a little bit of force, it suddenly becomes 1000 times thinner, often leading to our terrible, messy pours.

The reason ketchup acts so unpredictable can be explained through its tiny tomato particles. Whenever we try to pour ketchup, the tomato particles, combined with the liquid from water, vinegar, sugar and spices, start to bump into each other and always cause them to react differently.

Although we often have a complicated relationship with ketchup, the video suggests the best way to get ketchup out, at least from a bottle, is to keep the lid on, give it a few shakes so the particles get a jump start, then pour.

Check out the full explanation of ketchup science below:


How To Make Condiments From Scratch

Condiments are the unsung heroes of the food world, and while they’ll never get the recognition they deserve when paired with the usual suspects like burgers, hot dogs, or fries, you really start to notice how dry everything gets once they go missing. There’s nothing worse than a dry sandwich.

To better appreciate how important everyday condiments are, we set out to make our own from scratch.

We attempted the big three: Ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard.

Though mustard was definitely the most time-consuming of the three, mayonnaise was probably the trickiest.

Ketchup? Thankfully, the tomato legend was the easiest to make, by far.

Nonetheless, it was definitely a humbling experience making all the sauces we usually take for granted.

In a world without condiments, we’d probably all react like this. Don’t want that at all.


Israel’s Ruling That Heinz Isn’t Ketchup Opens Up SERIOUS QUESTIONS


Isreal’s Health Ministry isn’t too keen on calling “Heinz” ketchup. In fact, thanks to the low tomato paste content, they’re rejecting the brand as the tomato condiment altogether.

According to Time, the ministry says that the product does not contain enough tomato to be worthy of the name ketchup. They ask for a 10 percent minimum.

This leads to the question, how much tomatoes are actually in our everyday ketchup?

We never knew Heinz contained so little, yet here we are with less than 10 percent of actual tomato paste.

Competitor Osem, a food manufacturer, protested about the amount of actual tomato that exists in a bottle of Heinz. While English labels may still call it “ketchup” the brand must be labeled as “tomato seasoning” in Hebrew text.

An importer of the ketchup is working with the ministry to change the 10 percent tomato requirement to 6 percent. Until then, Israeli consumers will be enjoying tomato seasoning with their food.

So currently a 10 percent minimum of tomato paste is required for ketchup to be called ketchup. If it gets any lower, are we still eating ketchup? Israel’s definitely right in the fact that we may very well be drowning our foods in corn syrup, vinegar and sugar that happens to be red.



Ketchup, 9 Ways


Ketchup has always been an iconic condiment here in the US. The simple blend of tomatoes, sugar and vinegar can be found topping burgers, hot dogs, fries and many other comfort foods.

However, if you’re ready to take your ketchup experience to another level, here are 9 different ways. Found on Misleddit, this infographic gives us a simple ‘how to’ on combining ketchup with other ingredients to create kick-ass hybrids.

From a Bloody Mary-inspired recipe to a replica of popular fast food secret sauces check out the graphic below and start upgrading your ketchup.



Massive $40 Billion Merger Will Bring Kraft Foods and Heinz Ketchup Together


Kraft Foods Group is set to be purchased by a Brazilian private equity firm for what is said to be $40 billion. The deal between the food manufacturer and the firm known as 3G Capital Partners is in advanced talks, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The last year hasn’t been too kind to Kraft. The company was reported to have lost $398 million in its fourth quarter due to poor sales. In February, Kraft’s CFO officially stepped down along with two other executives.

Some of the snack brands Kraft Foods Group is known for are Oscar Mayer, Kool Aid, Jello, Cool Whip and Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.

In 2014, HJ Heinz was also purchased by 3G. If the merger goes as planned, it will become third the largest packaged food business in the United States.

The new company will be called Kraft Heinz Company.

Packaged Food

Heinz Is Launching Its Own Sriracha Ketchup Starting This Month


Unless you were pinned under a rock buried under a boulder that was blanked by a sandstorm on a completely other planet, you’re aware that 2014 was the year sriracha was the chosen sauce to drench your mediocre food in. As of February 2015, consider Heinz a part of that hype — as they have just unveiled their foray into the Sriracha vertical with a new Heinz Ketchup Blended with Sriracha Flavor.

According to their descriptions, we can expect “this exciting twist on a classic maintains the recognizable taste and consistency of America’s Favorite Ketchup, with an added kick from spicy chili peppers and garlic flavors.”

Those familiar with the Heinz brand might recognize this isn’t their first foray into spicy flavors. This Sriracha blend will join a line that already consists of Heinz Tomato Ketchup Blended with Real Jalapeno, their Balsamic Vinegar blend, as well as their Hot & Spicy Ketchup Blended with Tabasco.

The product is already available at select retailers, including Walmart and Target. The suggested going rate for a bottle is $2.69.

Pic Thx Consumerist


Truckload of French Fries Crashes Along Highway, Causes Ketchup Puns


A 53-foot tractor trailer rolled over Saturday night in Richmond, Maine, and spilled boxes of french fries all over I-295. The trailer was full of the fries and had to be completely removed before the truck could be towed away.

Charles Ohalloran, the 28-year-old driver of the truck, was distracted by a water bottle, reports WCSH6. He swerved and went off the road, causing the truck to roll over the grass and into the trees paralleling the freeway. The police arrived at the scene just as Ohalloran was climbing out.

Bowdinham and Richmond firefighters responding to the accident had to make an assembly line to remove each 36-pound fry box.

It should be mentioned that a similar accident near the crash site had occurred earlier in the year with a trailer full of potatoes. Maybe someone should just set up a ketchup stand along the freeway. We’re sure they’ll make a killing.

Sorry, we just had to get that ketchup one in.