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Archive for July 8, 2014

PRODUCT: Sun Dried Tomato Ketchup

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Ketchup with richer tomato flavor, thanks to
sun dried tomatoes. Photo courtesy Traina
Foods.

 

Traina Foods says that they produce “the world’s finest sun dried fruit,” which they sell to manufacturers, ingredient companies and distributors.

But they’ve taken some of their lush California sun dried tomatoes and turned it into ketchup.

The sun dried fruit provides a deeper, richer taste than you’ll find in regular tomato ketchup. And because this is a specialty brand (as opposed to a mass market brand), the manufacturer uses less sugar and delivers notes of pepper and vinegar. It’s better quality ketchup, and you’ll notice the difference.

For those who want heat, there’s a sriracha version.

Either will add more punch to your hot dogs, burgers, fries, eggs, meat loaf, cocktail sauce and anything else that requires a hit of ketchup.

Treat yourself to some, and consider the bottles as stocking stuffers for ketchup-loving friends. Just tie a ribbon around the neck!

The regular Traina Sun Dried Tomato Ketchup is available on Amazon.com, in single bottles or six-packs.

We couldn’t find the sriracha version online, but here’s a store locator and an email, customerservice@traina.com.

 
Montebello Kitchens also makes a delicious sriracha ketchup that you can buy on Amazon.

Their curry ketchup is one of our passions!

WHO INVENTED KETCHUP?

The first ketchup was made in Asia, and had no tomatoes whatsoever.

Here’s the history of ketchup and a review of 42 specialty ketchup brands.

 
  

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TIP OF THE DAY: How To Keep Your Water Bottle Cold

Record high temperatures and humidity nationwide today mean that no one should leave home without a water bottle or other hydration.

But what happens if you don’t have a bottle chilling in the fridge…or even if you do?

You wouldn’t think that a tip would be needed on how to chill a water bottle. But if your technique is simply to put the bottle in the fridge to chill down the water, you find that it warms up pretty quickly on a hot summer day.

Here are some tips to keep that bottle of water colder, longer.

Definitely start by keep your water bottle in the fridge; but “layer” that cold water with one of these techniques:

3+ WAYS TO CHILL A WATER BOTTLE

The Right Ice

  • Get a water bottle ice cube tray and add an ice stick to the bottle. Don’t buy the small round ice cubes or smaller sticks: The smaller the piece of ice, the faster it melts.
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    A water bottle chilling jacket makes room temperature water cold, or keeps chilled water cooler, longer. Photo courtesy Vacu Vin.

     

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    Ice cube trays designed for water bottles.
    Photo courtesy Photo courtesy Progressive
    International.

     

    Insulated Jackets

  • Use Rapid Ice, a pre-frozen jacket that goes over a wine bottle to chill it. It fits large bottles of water perfectly, and also helps keep 16-ounce bottles cool. It will extend the coldness of your water, which hopefully is pre-chilled with an added stick of ice. Place the sleeve back in the freezer when you return, and you can also use it to chill wine until you need it again for water.
  • Rapid Ice also makes a can chiller, to fit over beer and soda, which can help keep your water cool.
  • Rapid Ice competitor Vacu Vin makes a water bottle chiller jacket for a 16-ounce water bottle. It will also chill a room temperature bottle of water in five minutes.
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    Other Techniques

  • Freeze the bottle, making sure it isn’t full to the top so the water can expand. Remove the bottle when you get up in the morning so the ice will start to melt
  • Use a good old-fashioned thermos bottle.
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    More Ideas?

    If you’ve got them, share them!

      

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