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Kitchen Dictionary: ketchup

Pronounced: KECH-uhp


A tomato-based condiment with a tang contributed by vinegar, sugar, salt and spices. Ketchup is said to have originated with ke-tsiap, a spicy pickled-fish condiment popular in 17th century China. British sailors brought ke-tsiap home; and throughout the years it included anything from nuts to mushrooms. It wasn't until the late 1700s that New Englanders added tomatoes to the blend and it became what we know as ketchup.


Season: available year-round

Substitutions: 1 cup tomato sauce + 1/2 cup sugar + 2 tbsp vinegar = 1 cup ketchup

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Nutrition Facts

Calculated for 1 cup
Amount Per Serving %DV
Calories 232
Calories from Fat 6 (2%)
Total Fat 0.7g 1%
Saturated Fat 0.1g 0%
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2673mg 111%
Potassium 916mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 60.4g 20%
Dietary Fiber 0.7g 2%
Sugars 0.7g
Protein 4.2g 8%

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