Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Heinz Tomato Sauce with a Twist

While wandering around my local supermarket at the weekend my eyes were drawn to an end of aisle display. There was stacked bottles of Heinz Tomato Ketchup, but with a twist. This was no ordinary ketchup, it has balsamic vinegar added. I was intrigued. At first I though why? Then I thought, why not? Surely vinegar and ketchup, a popular choice for our french fries, would be a perfect marriage. And balsamic would surely take it a little bit up market.

I then saw the look on my other half's face. A look of, surely your not going to buy it, but also with a resigned look of, I know you will, lol. He says I am an ad man's dream. A sucker for a nice label or fancy bottle. Well I don't want to miss out on anything! Also, the fact that it said it was a limited edition product meant I had to have it. Panic set in, what if I missed out?

With it safely in the trolley I could relax. I wondered what would be the best use for it, and surprise surprise I came up with the idea of putting it on fries, or chips, depending what side of the Atlantic you are from. Not experimental, or out there, but it seemed a good place to start.

When I got it home it sat temptingly on the worktop. After a couple of days, with husband out of town I decided the time had come. I would cook some chips. I would dearly have loved to make real fat ones, but having thrown out the chip pan many years ago I would have to be content with oven chips.

I waited until they were ready before unscrewing the bottle. And oh yes, it refused to come out. With much shaking and banging, and eventually with the help of a knife it poured out on to the plate. Slighter darker than the original, and I could smell the balsamic.

Now the big test. A quick dip of a chip into the pool of ketchup, and then it was in my mouth.

My opinion? Very nice indeed. A slightly BBQ flavour, think I could get hooked. It was a really delicious alternative to the original.

Then I remembered it was a limited edition. Must rush out tomorrow and stock up. With husband still away I can hide my multi buy before he gets back.

If you can get it I would recommend you try it out, I think you will be impressed. It's always good to try something different, and with the Heinz name behind it how bad could it have been?


snowy said...

Will keep a look out for it when I go shopping. Sounds like a good idea. I'm a sucker for nice labels too!

mmunford2000 said...

Heinz is the only ketchup I buy! I will have to try it. Thanks!

At Anna's kitchen table said...

Oh, no, I saw that in Tesco today and didn't buy any!!!
Now I so wish I had, LOL..
Oh, well, next time.
Oh, wait, it's limited edition - what if they run out??
D'you reckon going again today is a bit OCD?

Nice to have found your blog, i'll return soon