Happy Ketchup Day
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Today’s Ketchup/ Catsup Food Trivia
- Ketchup (often spelled catsup in American English) is the dominant term in American English and Canadian English, with “catsup” being the prominent term in some southern US states.
- The spelling catsup first appeared in 1730 in a Jonathan Swift short story.
- The Webster’s Dictionary of 1913 defined ‘catchup’ as: “table sauce made from mushrooms, tomatoes, walnuts, etc
- Ketchup likely entered the English language from the Malay or Chinese word kicap (pron. “kichap”) meaning “fish sauce
- Some ketchup in the U.S. is labeled “Fancy”. This is a USDA grade, related to thickness. Fancy ketchup has a higher tomato solid concentration than other USDA grades.
An original early recipe for “Tomata Catsup” from 1817
- Gather a gallon of fine, red, and full ripe tomatas; mash them with one pound of salt.
- Let them rest for three days, press off the juice, and to each quart add a quarter of a pound…
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