DailyDirt: You Say Ketchup, I Say Catsup...

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Ketchup actually started out as a fish sauce and somehow evolved into the much more widely-consumed condiment we know today. Early recipes of ketchup contained sodium benzoate -- which was banned in the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act. That ban led to other formulations which contained vinegar as a preservative and used ripe tomatoes. Here are just a few more fascinating factoids about this tangy, thixotropic, tomato-based foodstuff. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post.


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    Rekrul, Sep 14th, 2012 @ 5:08pm

    MIT researchers have developed LiquiGlide...

    Maybe it's just me, but seeing all the ketchup in the bottle sliding down in one big lump, doesn't do much for my appetite. It just looks unnatural. Like it's going to suddenly shoot up and envelope my hand...

     

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    Michael Ho (profile), Sep 14th, 2012 @ 5:12pm

    Re: MIT researchers have developed LiquiGlide...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 14th, 2012 @ 5:16pm

    And in Australia we say wtf is "Ketchup/Catsup"???

    It's Tomato Sauce, people!

     

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    abc gum, Sep 14th, 2012 @ 5:52pm

    "Early recipes of ketchup contained sodium benzoate -- which was banned in the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act."

    And yet one still finds it on the grocery shelves.

     

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    Chilly8, Sep 14th, 2012 @ 6:52pm

    I write is as "catchup" becuase that is habit form when I took Spanish in high school and college years ago. It is spelt that way in Spanish, so that is how I spell it.

     

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Sep 14th, 2012 @ 7:24pm

    Getting It All Out

    There are a couple of ways of making sure you get every last bit of it out of the bottle:

    1) As it gets low, start propping it upside down when you put it back in the larder/fridge.
    2) Give it a vigorous shake with the cap firmly on to coax it all closer to the opening. Then you can open the cap and dribble it out with less vigorous shaking.

     

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    Paul Renault (profile), Sep 15th, 2012 @ 5:06am

    Really, who cares what Malcom Gladwell says?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 15th, 2012 @ 5:41pm

    Re:

    So WTF do you call what we call tomato sauce?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 17th, 2012 @ 2:44am

    here's the things i apply to avoid this problem

    1. I store the container upside down
    2. In cases where point 1 wasn't applied, I point the nozzle downward then I flick my wrist such as to stop the motion of the container abruptly

    That being said I'd gladly have this invention aplied on my diches and bowls. I hve doing the dishes and don't want an energy & water wasting machine to do it either, nor do I have the room for one.

     

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    Mike42 (profile), Sep 17th, 2012 @ 8:14am

    What???

    You didn't mention the largest Ketchup bottle in the world!
    http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2922
    I used to live 3 blocks from it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 18th, 2012 @ 2:14am

    Re: Re:

    No idea...
    What is it?

     

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