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My dh actually had a mini temper tantrum last night when he went to get the ketchup out of the fridge and found there was none <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: And we were not having French fries or hamburgers!<br><br>
What is the deal with ketchup? Most of the men I know, and all of the children, are crazy about ketchup. My dh and my father will put it on anything, and I had children in my preschool classes who would literally try to eat it with a spoon given the chance.<br><br>
Personally I can't stand the stuff. I've never seen any of my sisters, sils, or girlfriends eat it. My mother didn't even keep it in the house.<br><br>
I know it has lots of hfcs and salt in it, which I guess explains why the little ones like it so much, but...why grown men, especially ones like my dh who get a beautiful, whole foods semi gourmet meal every night? Are there any women here who like it and use it liberally? Is it a socio economic thing? My dh was very poor growing up - one "dish" he'll prepare for himself is cooked ramen with the seasoning and ketchup, I don't think it gets much cheaper than that. Is it that so many people eat food that on it's own tastes nasty, so they get used to using lots of condiments?
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> aaah yea, my dh and ds LOVE their ketchup! i don't know what they deal is with it. and i've tried a homemade ketchup recipe and neither of them would touch it. i've found annie's organic brand to have the least sugar and simpliest ingredients.
 

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My dd loves ketchup, it drives me crazy. My dh likes it but doesn't put it everywhere like his sister does. She pretty much lives like a teenager still, including eating habits and will eat everything with ketchup on it, including eggs, grilled cheese sandwich, etc. Gross.<br><br>
I'll sometime eat ketchup with fries but prefer them with mayo (hey, I'm French!) and use it in some recipes (baked beans, meatloaf, pad thai has some in the sauce). Otherwise, I don't eat it. I've actually started substituting it out of recipes replacing it with tomato, brown sugar and a slash of vinegar.
 

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I love the sweet and sour aspect of ketchup, though I don't eat a whole lot of it. When I do eat it though, I like a lot--like on a big burger or something. My older DD loved it for a long time, but now won't touch it, and the little one doesn't like it. My DH loves it too, but can live without it. I guess it's just the appeal of a strong sweet/sour flavor? I've always loved vinegar as well, and would, on occasion, take swigs of it from the bottle as a kid <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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check the ingredients it may have MSG which can have that type of effect - natural flavorings often means MSG.
 

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That reminds me- I'm almost out, that needs to go on the list!<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
Ok- I love ketchup. Not on everything, like I used to- but definitely on junk food- fries, burgers, etc. My dh only eats it on hotdogs/hamburgers and then it's not much, I use alot more than he does.<br>
My kids want to use it to cover up the taste of foods they dont' like- like hashbrowns, they get that from my side of the family, but I never let them use it for that.<br>
Growing up my mom is a bland cook- healthy food, but bland. We would eat pinto beans- just a plate of plain old beans. I hated it and so would smoother them w/ ketchup just to get them down. I used to eat cheese sandwiches w/ it as well (not grilled).<br>
I have one girlfriend that will smoother her hamburger in ketchup, so much so it's coming out the sides and she will also put a pile on her plate to dip it in. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
I don't really know why I like it- but I do. And if I was eating something I normally have w/ ketchup and realized it was gone... would put a damper on my meal too.<br>
I did try homemade once- tasted more like cocktail sauce. Didn't satisfy.<br>
Hope that helps. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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We eat ketchup only when I make something that it normally goes with like hot dogs, hamburgers or fries. I recently discovered Annie's Organic Ketchup and it is really, really good as far as ketchups go. Ketchup does have lycopene. If its organic, I don't have a problem with it at all. I also love Annie's mustard.<br><br>
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I think you answered your own question in your post. For your dh, it's a matter of feeling secure. He knows if there is ketchup in the house, he can always make a meal.<br><br>
If I were you I'd buy the ketchup. Even if it's not the organic, whole food, no additive kind. Hey, a little ketchup on your whole food organic meal probably won't hurt! IT's not a comment on your cooking but on how his tastes developed.
 

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So much ketchup has HFCS in it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
I have found good ketchup at Azure Standard.
 

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I do buy the ketchup - along with other things he really likes that are not very healthy. I've tried the organic and Annie's versions and nothing but Heinz will do!<br><br>
I was just curious if <i>I'm</i> weird because <i>I</i> don't like it, I guess...I'm not offended at all that he wants to put it on everything, I just don't understand the appeal.<br><br>
rachelagain, I think you hit it - dh's mother does not cook, she heats up...it was probably one of the few things he had in the house that actually had flavor.
 

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Its not just a "man thing", I enjoy ketchup too. My DP isnt so crazy about it.<br><br>
I buy the kind that is sweetened with fruit juice. No HFCS or sugar here.
 

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Definitely not just a man thing. I LOVE ketchup. Will only eat eggs if they're scrambled with a side of ketchup (so that's rare). Lots of ketchup on my burgers. Ketchup to dip grilled cheese in. Heck, I even put some on my baked mac & cheese. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
We recently switched to Annie's Organic Ketchup and I'm very happy with it - especially with the absence of HFCS.
 

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I grew up with a dad who smothered everything in ketchup, so I got used to the flavor on a lot of things.<br><br>
My tastes have since developed (and actually so have my dad's), so I actually don't use ketchup all that often. There are some things that I HAVE to have it on though - although I don't make these often at all:<br><br>
Hotdogs<br>
Hamburgers<br>
Baked Mac 'n Cheese<br>
Scrambled Eggs<br>
French Fries (although I actually eat those with just salt and vinegar too).<br><br>
DD likes it on french fries and that's probably all.
 

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we use the muir glen organic and it's good. no msg or "natural flavors". everything is listed. i love eggs w/ketchup, along w/the regular stuff. i'd eat it w/grilled cheese and mac and cheese too! even though i don't eat those things anymore. yum
 

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I LOVE ketchup. Sigh. and the only reason I don't eat it now is that I have an anaphylactic allergy to tomatos that started last year. But seriously, if it just gave me diarrhea or something I'd so eat it some times when I was at home... I just don't think it's worth death. I miss it sorely.
 

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My dd is crazy about ketchup, so I make my own. I sweeten it with stevia and some xylitol. It doesn't taste nearly as good as Heinz, but she doesn't know the difference yet! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I've finally made some ketchup that I love and its ridiculously easy and healthful.<br><br><b>Lacto Fermented Ketchup</b><br>
(contains probiotics, excellent for digestion)<br><br>
3 cups canned tomato paste<br>
1/4 cup whey*<br>
1 tablespoon sea salt<br>
1/2 cup maple syrup (I like grade B)<br><br>
optional 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper<br><br>
Mix all together. Put in a quart sized jar leaving at least an inch of room at top. Seal. Leave at room temp for 2 days (I do 3 when my kitchen is cold in winter) before storing in refrigerator.<br><br>
*make clear yellow liquid whey by straining yogurt for several hours through a fine strainer lined with a few layers of cheesecloth.
 

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Well I'm the one who likes the ketchup around here! DS has never had it and my DH doesn't like it except on his fries. It's just a distinct taste for me that I like. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Heinz makes organic ketchup <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. I've developed a taste for ketchup in the past couple of years but it has to be Heinz. I used to hate the stuff. I had heard kids will eat anything with ketchup so I gave that a try with my sensitive eater. He'll sometimes eat it which makes me happy since it does have those lycopenes and adds a bit of color to a beige diet.
 
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