Ketchup - Storage and Uses

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Jul 26, 2021
I use ketchup occasionally, such as for fries and some burgers. Ketchup is also a secret ingredient used sparingly to bring out the umami in some dishes that you normally wouldn't expect (like chicken soup - trust me on this).

My favorite brand is Hunt's, but Heinz is also great. I keep ketchup and other condiments in the fridge (and I am a condiment junkie). However, others leave ketchup in the pantry. Heinz just went on record saying ketchup belongs in the fridge (see link below).

Where do you keep ketchup? What's your favorite brand? What different dishes do you use it on/in?

Jun 9, 2015
Mission, Ks
I tend keep my ketchup in the garbage can, it’s chief use in our home is as a trash bag interior coating. 🤮😂

I do however keep my mustard refrigerated, but I keep my Sriracha in the cabinet at room temp.

Sriracha is the stand in for ketchup in my house.
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Feb 2, 2022
We keep our ketchup in the refrigerator. Don’t really have a favorite brand since I rarely eat it but we got through a ton of it a month because my kids love it and drown everything in it. Sometimes I put a little on my fries or tater tots and burgers. I like mustard on my hot dogs but you know what works really well with hot dogs is kimchi and cream cheese. So good.
Aug 11, 2022
Cedar Rapids, IA
I can't help but wonder if the Heinz post is a liability thing. Like, under most conditions, the sugar and acidity would be enough to preserve it long enough to use it up, but they don't want to be on the hook if someone left an open container of it at the back of a pantry for years in a warm house and discovers plumefuzz in it.
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Oct 10, 2013
My father used to make ketchup, from his own homegrown tomatoes.
When I was moving out the house, headed for college, I was looking for blankets in the storage closet downstairs and came across a cache of his savory collation, all bottled up nicely in recycled Heinz bottles. It had been there for at least five years, and was as yummy as the day he made it. I think we consumed the last bottle when it was ten years old.


Oct 6, 2021
NE Wisconsin
I once did a blind taste test of Heinz, French's, Hunt's (conventional), and Hunt's 100% Natural.

Which is the reverse order of my resulting rankings:
  1. Hunt's 100% Natural
  2. Hunt's
  3. French's
  4. Heinz
Don't get me wrong, I'm perfectly happy with Heinz. I'm just saying that, side by side, these were my preferences in order.

Hunt's (both iterations) has the most tomato-y flavor. Very much like homemade ketchup (which I've done before).
Between the two, the Natural version is "cleaner" on the palate.

French's has the most sweet spice (clove, etc.) which is actually very traditional. If you ever get ketchup made by the Amish, they use plenty of clove and such. So it just depends on whether you prefer the clove flavors or a pure tomato flavor.

Heinz is just what every kid puts on his hot dogs and fries. Nothing wrong with it -- just generic ketchup.

P.S. Will have to try the chicken soup suggestion!

P.P.S. We keep it in the fridge. Didn't know anybody did otherwise.
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Can't Leave
Apr 21, 2023
Central Maryland
Our ketchup stays in the fridge.
We use Heinz, though I swear that the little fastfood packets of Red Gold we used to get with fries at a local sub shop were better. One of these days, I'll have to actually buy a bottle of Red Gold.
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Jun 16, 2021
Spencer, OH
The only proper use I've ever found for ketchup is as a topping for meatloaf. It crusts up. Really nice in the oven.

My favorite brand of ketchup, it's tough for me to find in Ohio, is the Whataburger spicy ketchup. Usually you can find it at HEB grocery stores in Texas.

Other than that, I generally don't touch the stuff unless somebody accidentally puts it on my cheeseburger.

Feb 12, 2022
North Georgia mountains.
I'll eat any ketchup as long as it's red. The brand makes no difference to me.
I remember this stuff being sold...NEVER bought it.
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We keep ours in the fridge.
To think parents in the 90s/early 2000s let their kids consume this poison... it's baffling. Though we didn't know what we know now, especially about food dyes.


Can't Leave
Mar 11, 2020
Newark, Ohio
Refrigerator here. I could just never wrap my head around leaving it out.
I'm a Hunt's guy but have been really enjoying Lynd's fruit farm Jalapeño ketchup lately.
Lynd's are a local central (Ohio) orchard/farm.
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Feb 11, 2016
Austin, TX
I love Ketchup (catsup). My local store (H‑E‑B) makes their own brand using sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup, it’s good stuff. Don’t have many special uses other than my Grandmas Sloppy Joe recipe. It calls for some mustard, a lot of Ketchup (to taste), white vinegar and diced bell peppers and onions. I think they turn out truly delicious!

My Mom also loves her Mac & Cheese with ketchup! I’ve never seen anyone else do this. Wondering if anyone out there has tried it? I’m not much a of a Mac & Cheese guy these days but I used to eat it with ketchup too, just seemed normal at the time.

Also another good recipe for spicy ketchup. Add honey and Sriracha to taste, stir well. Add mayo for fry sauce. Goes amazingly well with truffle fries.