Ketchup is a staple in our house … it’s something we literally had been picking up a small bottle of each week went we went to the store, like bread or milk. Though I don’t use ketchup on much nor does my husband I have a son who would not eat a lot of different foods without ketchup. Though still a picky eater, we have found that without ketchup there is not a single meat product he would touch, not a potato, rarely a side dish. I want him to experience new foods, and one way that’s been recommended is to give a child various dips and sauces to play around with. We tried that – it was a horrible experience for our family as he gagged on every one. Only ketchup passed the test.
Why ketchup? We have no idea, but it’s based as a vegetable (coming from a tomato – and no, he won’t eat tomatoes, though we got him to start eating red spaghetti sauce by relating it to ketchup), and I feel like eating ketchup is an okay thing for him to do.
As a piece of the picture, he has had many health issues in his younger life and I am just glad that he is with us. That doesn’t mean that I allow him to eat anything, but if given a choice he simply will not eat, and dipping things in ketchup make life more tolerable – after months of talking about foods and trying them out, he now eats most meats we make so long as ketchup is there. At one period of time he had to go on medication because he kept throwing up and having other eating issues due to his limited diet – at that point as a parent I knew we’d have to be flexible about some eating ideas, and adding ketchup to things was an easy transition to make.
Well for a few reasons honestly. We’ve tried about every ketchup on the market and Heinz is the least runny. Others, even when we shake them up, seem to seem more like water or become watery and thinner the more we use them. And finally Heinz is one of the few companies in our area that provide the upside down squeeze bottle – something necessary in our home. They also make a fridge door bottle that we often purchase when we cannot find this other version – and then (shhhhhhh) we just turn the fridge door bottle upside down to be ready to use!
Using this bottle …
It’s easy to use because it’s upside down so the ketchup is always ready. This just means that the bottle rests on its flip top lid. It’s not like it takes years to take a regular bottle, shake it, wait for the ketchup to travel up to the neck and squeeze out – but frankly, let’s face it, it’s a busy world out there and I don’t want to be bothered shaking around a bottle of ketchup when I can simply purchase better packaging to meet my needs. The bottles come in a variety of sizes. They will fit anywhere in the fridge, especially in the side fridge door – which we love as we have a bottom freezer type fridge with large doors.
The bottle, in part due to its size, lasts a long time, and we generally try and purchase the biggest size we can find at the store at that time. As it gets low you will get air in the bottle and have to shake it some, but not nearly as much as a regular bottle. Also you may need to wipe off the flip top lid some times so you don’t smear ketchup all over where the ketchup rests, as the opening can get messy if you squeeze too hard or let your child use the ketchup by themselves. The ketchup does not run out the bottom though, it simply sits there, ready and waiting for you to squeeze it. Since the lid is plastic its easy to wipe down.
We love ketchup that frankly looks like ketchup and tastes like ketchup. We think Heinzmakes a great product, and the packaging seals the deal for us …
try some Heinz Tomato Ketchup today.