Ketchup by the gallon!

Growing up, our family ate more ketchup than the rest of the town put together. Okay, that may be a slight exaggeration, but only a slight one! In fact, we bought ketchup in #10 cans, and that should tell you something!

My dad firmly believed that ketchup was its own food group and belonged with everything. As a result, all of us kids developed a deep respect and love for the red sauce. (Of course, my dear dad also insisted that a Hostess Cherry Pie was a fruit!) The morning of the 4th of July I realized I was nearly out of mustard. Big deal? No, not really. But if that had been the ketchup we were nearly out of, you bet your buttons I would’ve been on my way to the store!

My father-in-law still teases me for eating ketchup on my roast beef. And my mother-in-law buys it special whenever we come to visit…and I’d say I’m a moderate “user” compared to the rest of my family. You’ve seen those shirts? The ones that says, “I put ketchup on my ketchup”? Now you know what I’m talkin’ about!

In my opinion, a lot of things just taste better with ketchup — all red meats, many potatoes and lots of sauces. And it’s not all bad for you. They now make versions that have less sugar, and ketchup innately possesses decent levels of Vitamin A and Vitamin C — that is if you eat enough of it! Since 1 Tablespoon only provides 2% of the RDA for these nutrients, you’d better either plan to pour it on or count it out as a significant source of great nutrition. In truth, I store it as a comfort food.

My dad passed away a couple of years ago, but I still think about him whenever I’m pouring on the ketchup, and somehow he doesn’t feel so far away.┬áSo Dad — this week’s for you!

–Mellyn

 

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