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Product Review: Sir Kensington’s Ketchup

I have long struggled with my illicit love of ketchup.   Of course it goes on my burger (unless it’s Minetta) and my fries (unless I have a lovely mayo option).  And yes, I have been known to occasionally put ketchup on my eggs. Forgive me, but ketchup is rather tasty and so often can boost the flavor of something bland or fried.  Up until recently I used Heinz, the standard and household ketchup brand, because I really didn’t have a choice.  I struggled with this decision as Heinz is full of my least favorite ingredient, high fructose corn syrup. I would shiver a little each time I squirted the shiny red stuff out of the bottle with mild disgust as a stream of clear liquid pooled out onto my plate.  I ate it nevertheless.  What other options did I have? I tried a local New Jersey ketchup- First Field and I’m sorry to say it just didn’t cut it.  The flavor, the texture- everything was just off.  Then I was introduced to Sir Kensington’s and everything changed.  No more high fructose corn syrup.  Honey & Agave.  The texture is  smooth but actually resembles something that can be made by humans.  The flavor still maintains the lovely tomatoey sweetness that I expect from my ketchup, but is a bit more complex than Heinz.  The lime, pepper and spices all work together to make Sir Kensington’s into a condiment that I am now proud to consume.  You can find Sir Kensington’s at a number of classy retail shops as well as on the table of forward thinking restaurants. The price per jar ranges from $3.50 to $10 depending on where you go (I recommend Lobel’s market for the best price).  I know it’s a bit more than your Heinz, but if you care about what you put into your body, I assure you, it is worth the difference!

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