Catching up on Ketchup

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My husband brought an interesting fact about ketchup to the dinner table the other night. Did you know that one man is responsible for making sure Heinz ketchup always tastes the same? Really? Tell me more…

Apparently, Hector Osorno is the head “ketchup taster” at Kraft Heinz. Hector, who grew up in Mexico and has a background in engineering, has been working at the company for over twenty years. He is the man responsible for keeping the taste we have come to expect as Heinz ketchup the same over the years.

Hector works in Los Banos, California in a mini version of the factories in the mid-west, where the ketchup is processed. It is in Los Banos that the special varieties of tomatoes are grown. In the mini research lab, Hector and other Heinz employees test the tomato paste that is made from the tomatoes grown there to be sure that it meets the quality standards of Heinz. Eighteen batches are made and tested daily.

Another interesting fact is that Heinz has a different recipe for the ketchup they sell in European countries than that of the ketchup sold in America. The American ketchup is apparently a sweeter recipe than that of Europe. I find this fascinating!

Supposedly, ketchup is very difficult to replicate by the home cook. However, in times past, home cooks did make their own versions of ketchup. I must admit, I have never tried to make ketchup. Maybe giving it a go would be worth a try…

Recipe for ketchup can be found at: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/people-and-culture/food/the-plate/2014/04/21/how-was-ketchup-invented/ (or) From: The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You can Stop Buying & Start Making by Alana Chernila.

Source: Meet The Man Who Guards America’s Ketchup by: Dan Charles https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/09/02/754316710/meet-the-man-who-guards-americas-ketchup

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