Who here likes tomato ketchup?- Pretty much everyone, right?
Well what if I told you there was a new kid on the block, and his name is lemon ketchup?
Ah, I’ve got your attention now, haven’t I?
The lovely people at Hastings Ketchup Company were kind enough to give me a bottle of their lemon ketchup to try and share my thoughts about it with my lovely readers.
Firstly, can we just talk about the ADORABLE packaging?
The packaging itself just screams ‘Hastings’ and would look lovely on any table. In fact I actually waited for quite a while before opening the bottle just because it looked so pretty on the side in my kitchen.
The ingredients are not full of all manner of synthetic chemicals which is great, so you can consume safe in the knowledge that the ingredients are ones you can pronounce!
The ingredients are as follows: Lemon juice and lemon zest, malt vinegar, water, sugar, cornflour, root ginger, shallots, salt, spices
Last night, Mike and I decided to try the ketchup with the dinner that just seemed ‘right’. Good old fashioned fish and chips.
My first thoughts when I poured said ketchup, was that it was far more ‘liquidy’ than your regular ketchup. Though that’s not a bad thing, I think for the fact that this ketchup is made from lemons, not tomatoes, it makes sense that it would be a different texture.
Mike isn’t a huge ketchup, or sauce fan in general for that matter. He generally doesn’t add any condiments to his food, so I was really interested to see what he thought.
Honestly, when I first tried it, my taste buds were a bit confused! But the more I had, the more I enjoyed it. In fact Mike and I both went back and topped up the sauce on our plates, which is pretty much unheard of in our house. Winner.
It paired perfectly with the fish and chips, and was a nice, light alternative to ketchup and it didn’t have the chemical-y, over processed taste that regular ketchup does.
You can also use this ketchup as a marinade, addition to soups and stir fries, as well as salad dressing. I’m definitely going to give it a try in a salad as I think it would work really nicely.
In all I’m a fan of this sauce, it’s so nice to try something that is so different to anything else, and I love that you are supporting a small business by purchasing the product, rather than chucking a few quid to the guys who own Heinz who are only in it for the money.
I applaud you Hastings Ketchup Company, thank you for daring to be different!
Until next time,
P.s. I was given this product to review on my blog, but please be assured that my thoughts are 100% honest 🙂