Where would the world of food be if wasn’t for Henry John Heinz?
There definitely wouldn't be any fresh-made ketchup, but he was responsible for so much more. Oh, and by the way, his first product was fresh horseradish in a clear bottle.
Mr. Heinz did not invent ketchup; it was a southeastern Asian sauce made from fermented fish. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the ketchup was primarily used to cover up the smell and taste of food that was going bad. Hmmm, sounds delicious!
Many such sauces were on the market made from chemicals that were probably more dangerous than the food they were eating. During this time there was no Food and Drug Administration, so you could pretty much put anything in a bottle and claim it would do anything. So much for the good old days.
This condiment has been called catsup or ketchup since the early 1800s. It was not until the 1960s the name ketchup finally took over.
Mr. Heinz decided to make an all-natural ketchup product from all fresh ingredients, including fresh tomatoes from his garden and no preservatives. His secret ingredient was sugar. He was the first to use clear bottles to market his product, so people could see the natural ingredients. Obviously it worked, because 150 years later it is the world’s top selling ketchup along with 60 other Heinz products.
Do you know the reason Heinz 57 is on all the bottles even though the company sells more than 60 products? His wife’s favorite numbers were 5 and 7. I guess everything doesn’t have to make sense?
When I think of the one person that most effected the foods of America in a positive way, it has to be HJ Heinz. He was instrumental in lobbying President Teddy Roosevelt to form the FDA to stop the poisoning of America’s food products and create the truth in labeling of food.
But one of his greatest achievements is never recognized. When we think about Henry Ford, we think about the assembly line mode of production. But years before Mr. Ford invented the automobile assembly line, Mr. Heinz had already incorporated this production model into the Heinz food factory.
Engineers from around the world would come to the Pittsburgh factory to study and learn. He used the new rail systems in America to ship nationwide, making his products the first national products. Thank you, Mr. Heinz for ketchup and a lot more. Here are a few ideas to use ketchup as an ingredient.
•Cocktail sauce: 1 cup ketchup,1 teaspoon prepared horseradish, 1/4 cup chile sauce
•BBQ Sauce: 1 cup ketchup, 1/4 cup apple vinegar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup orange juice, 1 tablespoon teriyaki sauce
•Remoulade Sauce for seafood: 1 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup ketchup, 1 teaspoon pickle relish
•Ketchup Glaze: 1/2 cup ketchup, 1/2 cup soy sauce, 1/2 cup honey
Costa Magoulas is dean of the Mori Hosseini College of Hospitality and Culinary Management at Daytona State College. Contact him at (386) 506-3578 or firstname.lastname@example.org.