Sunday, September 16, 2012

Fish sauce revisited

Thank you to my friend who showed me this link about how ketchup is a variation on fish sauce!
Ketchup actually started out as a fish sauce and somehow evolved into the much more widely-consumed condiment we know today. Early recipes of ketchup contained sodium benzoate -- which was banned in the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act. That ban led to other formulations which contained vinegar as a preservative and used ripe tomatoes.
Between this and the true history of Worcestershire sauce, I am feeling very culturally superior today, culinarily speaking!

Ketchup Fish!
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