All the ketchup recipes I've seen as well as all the ketchup in supermarkets has either sugar or some other sweetener like high fructose corn syrup added to it. Why? It's supposed to be salty/savory and getting rid of the sugar/corn syrup would only make it healthier. Unless I'm overlooking something, there's literally no reason to add sweeteners.
Because the sweet and sour flavor of the sugar and vinegar work well together with the tomatoes.
If you don't want sugar in your ketchup then go ahead and make it without sugar. No one is holding a gun to your head and forcing you to make your ketchup with added sugar.
>Unless I'm overlooking something, there's literally no reason to add sweeteners.
You are indeed overlooking something: all those big condiment manufacturers have large R&D departments. Their recipe has been tweaked by all sorts of double-blind testing. They have found that their ketchup sells better with a certain amount of sweetness added.
Also, given the volume of ketchup produced by companies like Heinz, Hunt's, etc, you can be sure they aren't using top notch tomatoes. They're using whatever they can buy in massive industrial quantities, which probably aren't very tasty to begin with. Thus sweetener is added, but wouldn't be necessary with good home-grown tomatoes.
Absolutely. I usually use brown sugar and some molasses for mine, but pretty much any kind of sugar would work, as would honey and even stuff like splenda if you really wanted to use it.
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I got my bottle in Ho Chi Minh city.. Its made in Malaysia. its owned my YUM/KFC & its the ketchup in their restaurants in Vietnam. I assume its all over asia, but I can only vouch for Vietnam. it does have sugar bit its not as sweet..
seems bitter compared to US ketchups, but after I ate a few bites of it, I kinda like it.
Lots of good guesses, but the fact is that ketchup is a chutney.
Chutneys are made with fruit, which are sweet.
Tomatoes aren't high in sugar, so it needs to be added from another source.
Can you make it without sugar? Yes.
Can you make mashed potatoes without butter? Yes.
Even tomato sauce made from scratch is generally better with a little bit of added sugar. Not enough to make it sweet, because tomato sauce shouldn't be sweet, but just enough to balance some of the acidity in the tomatoes.
Your mileage may vary. Different people, different tastes.