10 Ways to Use Up Ketchup

Tips from The Kitchn

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In our house, we have a refrigerator door situation. There is a moment when the condiments begin to migrate to the fridge shelves proper, and it means one thing: it's time to get creative! Here are 10 ways I'm planning to use up our extensive ketchup cache.

1. Salad Dressing — Ketchup is a necessary ingredient in many retro dressing recipes, including Thousand Island, Russian dressing, and my favorite, Catalina. The version at The Faux Martha is perfect for topping a taco salad.

→ Get the recipe: Catalina Dressing - The Faux Martha

2. Cocktail Sauce — Did you know that you can conjure a cocktail sauce by combining just two ingredients? Add jarred, grated horseradish to ketchup until it's at your desired level of spicy heat, then serve alongside chilled shrimp or crab.

3. Sweet and Sour Sauces — I've been thinking about this Sweet and Sour Skillet Stir-Fry ever since I made it a couple weeks ago. Ketchup gives the sauce body, sweetness, and tang, while fish sauce and lime juice add a Thai-inspired flavor. I think our jalapeño ketchup would be great in this, adding a little kick of spice to the mix.

→ Get the recipe: Sweet and Sour Skillet Stir-Fry with Tomatoes and Beef - It Was Just Right

4. Sloppy Joes — You can't go wrong with Sloppy Joes for dinner! Our version includes a good amount of chopped vegetables, making it a nutritious one-dish meal. To switch things up, substitute ground turkey or chicken.

→ Get the recipe: Sloppy Joes

5. Pad Thai — I know, I know, many of you might consider a ketchup-spiked Pad Thai to be a total abomination. However, it really is a worthy substitute for tamarind paste in a pinch.

→ Get the recipe: Green Papaya Pad Thai

6. Meatloaf Glaze — My favorite part of the meatloaf is the sticky-sweet glaze on top! Use an offset spatula or spoon to spread ketchup on top of the meatloaf before baking, and it'll thicken into a tasty glaze as it bakes.

→ Get the recipe: How To Make Meatloaf from Scratch

7. Homemade Barbecue Sauce — Many, many recipes for homemade barbecue sauce start with a bottle of ketchup as the base. The version from Kitchen Treaty looks great and takes just 20 minutes from start to finish.

→ Get the recipe: Our Very Favorite Homemade Barbecue Sauce - Kitchen Treaty

8. Slow Cooker Cocktail Meatballs — If you've been tasked with bringing something to a potluck, a slow cooker full of meatballs is an easy crowd pleaser. Taste of Home's recipe uses a cup each of ketchup, grape jelly, apple juice, and tomato sauce in a 5-quart slow cooker. Stir in a 4-pound package of frozen meatballs, let 'er rip on low for 4 to 5 hours and you're done.

→ Get the recipe: Buffet Meatballs - Taste of Home

9. Franks and Beans — Jenny over at Dinner: A Love Story calls these her highbrow franks and beans. Made with Niman Ranch hot dogs and navy beans cooked from scratch, they look like a serious upgrade from the canned version!

→ Get the recipe: Homemade Franks and Beans - Dinner: A Love Story

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10. Polishing Copper — Here's a cool tip from Mac Kohler of Brooklyn Copper. He uses equal parts ketchup and kosher salt to buff tarnished copper to a gleaming shine. Use a soft cotton cloth to buff on the mixture, and another cloth to wipe it clean.

What do you do with leftover ketchup?

(Image credits: Coco Morante; The Faux Martha; Emma Christensen; Sara Kate Gillingham; Kitchen Treaty; Dinner A Love Story; Dana Velden)