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Trying Hard to Ketchup and cut out HFCS

November 12, 2008

Trying Hard to Ketchup, originally uploaded by hexodus….

We like to think that we eat fairly healthy, fresh produce, free range meat, raw milk etc but after watching King Corn J. and I decided to take stock and find out how much HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) had wiggled its way into our kitchen. We did pretty well except for our condiments. Those wily products that exist in almost every fridge are packed full of HFCS! We made a pact that we would read labels and avoid HFCS as much as possible. A big exception for us is soda, although we have cut back (and we weren’t drinking it by the gallon before) we both still drink it occassionally.

Most condiments were okay, I mean condiments aren’t really rocking anyone’s world anyway so this wasn’t a major disappointment. Annie’s Natural Organic Ketchup is completely different though, I love it! It’s way better than any other ketchup we’ve ever had. It contains ” water, tomato paste, sugar, distilled white vinegar, sea salt, onion powder, all spice, and clove powder.” I suppose I could recreate the recipe if I tried so I could cut out the plastic (#1) but for now I’ll just call it “soooo good”

Yes, there really is an Annie’s behind Annie’s Naturals. She started out operating a BBQ stand fresh out of culinary school but demand was so great and baby’s came along that she decided to focus on selling bottled sauces out of her and her husband’s seventh generation farmhouse in Vermont. She makes way more then just ketchup and always focuses on using real ingredients versus imitation flavors and the results are great. In addition to being organic they also sell vegan, gluten free, and yeast free options.

I can only find Annie’s Natural ketchup at Whole Foods but I’ve seen their salad dressing and marinades in regular grocery stores. After all tasty is tasty whether you are trying to be green or not and they offer some unique flavor combinations like Papaya Poppy Seed. I can’t make any promises about those, since we don’t use much salad dressing but I’m betting its good.

If you are looking for a good ketchup give it a shot and if you crack the code on the recipe let me know, because while tasty it’s not exactly cheap.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 12, 2008 8:34 am

    Thanks! Mr Chiot’s is super picky about his ketchup (only Heinz). I’ll have to try this brand. We too have been cutting out HFCS (we also loved King Corn). We’ve done a decent job, except for the occational soda when we eat Chipotle) and our ketchup.

  2. November 14, 2008 1:04 pm

    I love Annie’s. Heinz makes an organic ketchup too – no HFCS.

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