FUNDY RECIPES: Really … it seems we used to make our own ketchup!

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If you are in the business of taking care of yourself instead of getting everything at the big box stores and supporting the super companies like Heinz, seems that there are some ways to do your own ketchup at least … or is that Catsup.

I’ve been pouring through some of my Mom’s recipes books and one of her favourites was “The Grand Manan Cook Book” published by the Grand Manan Hospital Auxiliary back in 1952 for the grand sum of $1.00! And guess what? There are two recipes; one for Tomato Ketchup and one for Tomato Catsup.

Here they are:

BAY OF FUNDY TOMATO KETCHUP

  • 1 cup tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 2 large onions cut fine
  • very small piece red pepper

Boil all together 25 minutes

Mrs Lyman Cheney

BAY OF FUNDY TOMATO CATSUP

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 can tomato soup

Bring to a boil.

Mrs. Owen Ingalls

Now that is easy and definitely worth a try. Wonder what the saving is with current prices running $3 to $4 Canadian.

Why the two names?

According to one source “ketchup” was most common in Britain In the 1800s and “catsup” was most common in the US. The two words never really canceled each other out because in their formative years, there weren’t spelling dictionaries choosing a “correct” version of words. (Many Americans pronounced “catsup” the same as “ketchup” in any case.) Today, “ketchup” is the dominant term in both countries.

But wait! It’s much more complicated than that! If you would like to learn more, check these references.

KETCHUP AT WIKIPEDIA

IS IT KETCHUP OR CATSUP

Interested in the Grand Manan Cook Book? You might be able to buy one at the Grand Manan Historical Society Facebook site … and help support a great organization.

That’s my research today. Eat Well!

Art

 


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