Sir Kensington's Scooping Ketchup is a thick hand-crafted ketchup that I've become quite smitten with these days. At first look, I thought: what a gimmick! I've gotten a little tired of people renaming common household products to make them sound a bit more sophisticated than they really are. What would make Sir Kensington's Scooping Ketchup so terribly different than a typical ketchup, after all? It turns out quite a bit.Mark Ramadan and Scott Norton, founders of Sir Kensington's (which is named after one of their cats) have successfully redone that classic product that we all use. But they've gone the all-natural route. You won't find any corn syrup or processed sugars in their version. You won't find tomato concentrate, dried herbs or preservatives. Instead, you'll find a very spoonable ketchup made with pear tomatoes, agave, honey, real onions, and a few other good ingredients. It comes in Spiced and Classic — and the Spiced is awfully good with french fries! I've used it on sandwiches, hamburgers, bean dip and chilli in the past two weeks alone.
It's one of those products that makes me think I've thought of ketchup all wrong for so long: it should remind me of a ripe tomato, no? It shouldn't be overly sweet. It should sit atop my french fry without flopping off. If that's what you think of ketchup, too, then give Sir Kensington's a try.
Megan is a freelance writer and recipe developer. Her cookbook, Whole-Grain Mornings, will be available in bookstores nationwide Dec/2013. Megan also owns the Seattle-based artisan cereal company, Marge Granola.
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