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What Makes Some Ketchup “Fancy?”

Believe it or not, it’s not just some made up advertising puffery but backed by USDA rules!


“Fancy” is a USDA designation that producers are allowed to use for marketing if their product meets the standards of US Grade A/US Fancy tomato ketchup, which possesses a better color, consistency and flavor, and has fewer specks and particles and less separation of the liquid/solid contents than US Grade B/US Extra Standard Ketchup and US Grade C/US Standard Ketchup.

What goes into ketchup grading? Testers look for a lack of tomato skin and seeds in the product, a smooth, uniform texture and a total acidity over one percent, among other things.

Via the Mental Floss.
And of course, now the new dispenser that opens top or bottom for dippers and/or squeezers.
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23 May 2012 Food 5 Comments


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