Ketchup or Catsup is a sweet and sour condiment usually made from tomatoes, sugar, vinegar and other spices and seasonings. Filipinos also have their own sweeter version of ketchup, which uses bananas instead of tomatoes for its main ingredient.

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Is there a difference between ketchup and catsup?

No, not in the actual condiment. The two versions are merely alternate Westernized spellings of the original fish-based Chinese sauce that ketchup hails from. This proto-ketchup became popular among Western traders in the late 17th century.

As it gained traction in Europe, the sauce went through many incarnations (including a walnut-based version) before settling on the tomato goop we know and love. That’s why it says “tomato ketchup” on some bottles—it seems redundant today, but that’s only because no one goes around asking for walnut ketchup anymore.

“Ketchup” is the more popular spelling, and it became so in the mid to late 20th century. Heinz was an early “ketchup” adopter, and other big brands switched over as it gained more market share. But either spelling is technically acceptable—for example, the USDA exclusively uses “catsup.”

What is the origin of the word ketchup?

The words "ketchup" and "catsup" both come from the Malay word "kechap," from the Chinese word "ketsiap," a sauce made from fermented fish and brine. Pickled fish sauce may not sound all that appealing on french fries, but the Malay word "kechap" itself really only meant "taste." After the word migrated into English in the 17th century (as "catchup," still an accepted spelling), it was applied to a variety of sauces and condiments. It was only with the importation of the tomato to Europe from its native habitat in South America that what we now know as ketchup was born. Modern ketchup is made of tomato sauce, vinegar, sugar and spices


It originates from Cantonese.

From k'e chapwhich means, "tomato juice."
The origin of the word ketchup is from the greek word "ket" meaning red

It comes from the Indish 'katyup' for a spicy sauce

Ketchup is an English word. It may derive from a word in the Malayan language kechap, a sauce of fish origin. A Chinese word koe-chiap, also a fish based sauce, may be the earliest origin.

Why does ketchup get bubbles?

Are you keeping it in the fridge? If you aren't, I'm guessing it's fermenting a bit. Keep it cold!

Does ketchup contain pork?

to be honest i think you should read the bottle and i believe it doesn't but it does have tomatoes

What can you season french fries with if you don't have ketchup?

In some parts of the world it's common to use mayonnaise on french fries, I think in England I've heard malt vinegar is traditional with fish and chips.

Ketchup is only a condiment, you can have your fries however you'd like. Maybe you could just try them salted to taste, or with some pepper or other herbs and spices, or even salad dressing like ranch or Russian?

How to make a Ketchup made of guava pulp?

Preparing the Tomatoes

The basic ingredient in a homemade ketchup recipe is the tomato. To prepare the tomatoes, you can follow these steps:

*Select the tomatoes. You need at least 25 pounds of fresh ripe, not green, tomatoes to start. Green tomatoes will not be good for the ketchup, of course.

*Remove the tomato skin. Put a few pieces of tomato in a pot of boiling water for around 30 to 45 seconds. Then, plunge them in a bowl of ice water. In that way, the skin will slide right off of the tomatoes easily.

*Remove the seeds and water of the tomatoes. Cut the tomatoes in halves and remove the skin and excess water. Squeeze off the seeds and water. Squeeze the tomatoes using your hand. Afterwards, you can use a spoon to remove remaining seeds and water from the squeezed tomatoes. Drain the tomatoes. Use a colander or drainer to do it.

Processing the Ketchup

Now that the tomatoes are ready, you can start cooking the ketchup. Put the tomatoes in a large pot and let it simmer. Then, you may add these ingredients:

1 cup onion, chopped

1 clove of garlic, minced

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon salt (optional)

1 cup white or brown sugar

3/4 cup guava puree

While you are cooking the tomatoes, you may get a different sauce-pot and make seasoned vinegar that will be needed later on in the process. To do this, you need to:

Add ½ teaspoon of dry mustard and/or ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon into a piece of cheesecloth.

Tie the corners of the cloth together in a form of a little bag and put it in a small sauce pot with three cups of apple cider vinegar.

Let it simmer for 30 minutes.

Finishing the Cooking Process

You are almost at the end of the recipe. Just follow these other steps to come up with the finished product.

Let the tomatoes and guava puree simmer for 20 to 30 minutes over medium heat.

Run the cooked mixture in a food mill or sieve.

Over low-medium heat, stir the tomato mixture frequently and add the seasoned vinegar.

Also, you can place it in a crockpot and let it cook by itself. It usually takes around 12 hours or just until it reaches your desired thickness for the ketchup.

Now, the homemade ketchup is done. Indeed, it takes a long process, but the waiting is all worth it. It is because the flavor is far tastier and healthier than any processed ketchup.


Although tomato ketchup is the only ketchup most Americans know, there are numerous ketchup recipes that do not include tomatoes. The process for making Guava Pulp Ketchup would be similar to that described in another answer here, without including tomatoes.

Did Ronald Reagan ever say ketchup should be considered a vegetable?

No. The USDA or whoever sets standards for school lunches once listed Ketchup as a vegetable .

Can ketchup be stored in stainless steel?

Most forms of stainless steel are subject to acid corrosion. As a tomato product, ketchup is acidic and probably should not be stored in stainless steel. Ketchup is usually stored in glass or plastic containers, which are usually less costly than stainless steel, so there is no reason to consider using stainless steel except in bulk manufacturing situations.

Is tomato ketchup a acid?

Yes, tomato ketchup contains quite a bit of acid.

Is ketchup a moisturizer?

ketchup is a substitute for being a moisturizer.

Is ketchup a substance or a mixture?

you can't produce ketchup without even mixing an ingredients on it. So, i therefore suggest that a ketchup is a MIXTURE :)

What makes fancy ketchup so fancy?

The “fancy” designation, which you’ve probably seen on Hunt's bottles or McDonald's ketchup packets over the years, actually used to be the USDA’s highest rating for ketchup. It has (somewhat mysteriously) fallen out of use recently, though; its current equivalent is U.S. Grade A ketchup.

Ketchup can get an A, B, or C grade. To get an A, ketchup has to be at least 33 percent solid and have good color, consistency, flavor, and finish, as well as earn at least 85 points on the USDA’s 100-point scoring system.

The USDA still uses “fancy” to describe the quality of some other foods (apples can even be extra fancy), but by today’s standards, “fancy ketchup” is as meaningless as it sounds.

What is the difference between ketchup and cocktail sauce?

ketchup is red and made from tomatoes

cocktail sauce is white

cocktail sauce is generally made by mixing ketchup, lemon juice and horseradish. Tartar sauce is white not cocktails sauce!

Can ketchup remove green from your hair?

Usually it can, but sometimes hair needs a little more. I used to use apple cider vinegar when I had a pool. All I did was take a pitcher of warm water and about half a cup of the vinegar, or more, mix it, and rinse my hair with it after shampooing. Vinegar has a certain acid that smoothes the hair folicle as well, so not only should it remove the green, your hair should feel nice as well.

What ingredients are in Heinz ketchup?

Heinz ketchup contains tomato concentrate made from red ripe tomatoes, distilled vinegar, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, salt, spice, onion powder, and natural flavors. This ketchup is high in lycopene as well.

Here's 2 more answers:

Tomato Paste (Made from ripe tomatoes), Liquid Sugar, White Vinegar, Salt, Orion Powder, Spices

Salt, Sugar, Lactose Syrup, Red Ripe Tomato's, Onion Pepper, Spice's, and Natural Flavouring.

How many tomatoes does it take to make a bottle of ketchup?

72(seventy two)
Depends on the size of the bottle. A bottle of ketchup served in a restaurant has about 5 through 15 tomatoes used in it.