“ Condiment „
My partner actually bought a bottle of this when I sent him shopping and put "ketchup" on the list. Everyone knows that "ketchup" means "Heinz Ketchup".....well, everyone that is except for my husband who ended up bringing home Waitrose Squeezy Tomato Ketchup . Well.....all I can say really is that he's a moron!
The bottle it comes in is fine. Its a conventional plastic bottle with a plastic flip lid that has the little ketchup hole in the top of it. Before you can use it, you need to peel back the foil protector under the lid - an idea which I actually like because it means the ketchup bottle could not have been tampered with. Using the bottle is also good because when it comes to condiments, I prefer squeezy bottles so that I don't have to give myself a hernia trying to get the sauce out of the bottle and onto the plate - which seems to be the case all to often with glass bottles. So far so good!
The cost is reasonable at 89p for 470g - which is good value considering the Heinz is £1.49 for the same weight squeezy bottle.
However, with the all important taste test it just didn't pass. Its not that its bad.....its tomatoey, sweet with just the right about of acidity. Its thick and not sloppy like cheaper non-brands often are - and its nutritionally comparable to the Heinz Ketchup. But it doesn't taste the same as the Heinz variety and its missing the X Factor which makes Heinz so successful.
If I had no other option then I would eat this....like I said, its pleasant enough and there is nothing really that I can fault about it. But I like the original brand and I'll be sticking with that one.
After years of discovering all the different ways of bashing, shaking and hitting a glass ketchup bottle I have finally gotten to a point where I can get some onto my plate before having a mental breakdown. My son is another story! He is impatient and enraged by the glass bottle.
I don't normally shop in Waitrose as the closest one is a 20 minute drive from our house but as I was in need of some cooking supplies only available at Waitrose I found myself doing my weeks shop there. When getting a new ketchup I grabbed the squeezy one from the shelf. It got my attention immediately as an easy solution to my sons' problems.
Things to know:
Salt: Red coding
May Contain: Nut & Seed traces
Not a bad cost and doesn't take up any more room then the glass bottle in the refrigerator.
Packaging is a plus too! As it has a flip lid there's no covered in ketchup top to fiddle with!
Taste: I used to be Heinz ketchup or nothing. I have liked the Waitrose one. The taste is almost exactly the same. As I am not normally in Waitrose I will probably buy the Heinz squeezy next time.
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