Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Yes, Viscosity of Ketchup - Ours is different!

We advertise "all natural ingredients", how does that affect the thickness?

What you're really asking has to do with "Viscosity" affected by additives in most brands of ketchup, but not Drippin' Sauce.

Most Tomato ketchup has an additive, usually xanthan gum, which gives the condiment a pseudoplastic or "shear thinning" property. This increases the viscosity of the ketchup considerably with a relatively small amount added - usually 0.5%. - which can make it difficult to pour from a container.

Our ketchup has no such additive.

You might notice a minor separation of solids (tomato, onion pieces mostly) from the liquids (mostly tomato juices) if you let our ketchup sit out for awhile.  This is because we refuse to use additives like those big guys do.  (We also use less sodium, fats, etc....check our nutritional label.)  Simply shaking or stirring will solve that issue.

You see, we care more about the health and taste of Drippin' Sauce Ketchup rather than how it looks or how it comes out of the bottle.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

In case you are wondering...

Yes, if you noticed that Drippin' Sauce wasn't at all the regular Farmers Markets or wasn't posting much to this blog or other places, there WAS a reason.

A total knee replacement was performed on March 12th and all is recovered now.

We're back at most of the markets and were never off line, not even for a day.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

2013 Food (and Ketchup) Trends

According to the Chinese lunar calendar 2013 is the Year of the Snake, but in terms of food 2013 is the year for locally produced, high quality, nutritious foods.   Virtually everywhere you read (e.g., USA Today, Food Business News) the experts see consumers buying items where the ingredient list consists of words everyone can pronounce and the nutritional label says the contents are healthy.  And, consumers trust their local artisans more than they do the big producers to meet their needs while helping the local economy at the same time.
According to Food and Wine magazine, “Small-batch food businesses are the next big thing….” Artisanal food is what consumers are buying and consumers, according to the experts, are buying it mainly at local specialty shops, restaurants, mobile food vendors, and farmers markets.  Julie Hall of Schneider Associates states, “We think Artisanal food products are reflective of consumers backlash of mass produced products… being inundated with products from China.”  
I think it is because people are willing to pay a little more for food that tastes great from people they can trust!
For almost two years now, Drippin’ Sauce Ketchup has been gathering rave reviews, proven by high levels of repeat and referral sales, at farmers markets and events throughout the region.   Why?  We believe it is because we already meet the consumer trends that the experts see occurring in 2013 and beyond.
·       Our ketchups are made locally in Dripping Springs, Texas.
·       Made with all natural ingredients, the best that we can find (no HFCS for example).
·       Our nutritional labels prove we care about healthy living (compare our sodium content to the others).
·       And, we have tasty products that people simply love!
If you haven’t considered Drippin’ Sauce, Ketchup with a Flair for Flavor, now is the time.  If you are a retailer now is the time to add Drippin' Sauce to your shelves and get ahead of the trend.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Been Busy

Okay, it's been a while since we posted on this blog.  With the Holiday season now over we can get back to the work at hand.

In fact, this is the time of year we enter our "recipe development" cycle.  This year we are trying to create a "Smoked Garlic" ketchup.   We have a source for the Garlic and will smoke our own right on site.  We expect this, assuming we get a great tasting recipe (and it WILL be submitted first to our tasting crew and after passing their tests, then on to some prototypes that we'll present at Farmers' Markets.  Once everyone agrees, we'll enter the pre-production phase (labels, shelf-life assessments, UPCs, etc.) which can take awhile (and some money.)

We'll also be taking a short respite from some of our personal appearances (in March a new knee will require some recovery time) but we'll be out there in force after that.  In the meantime, get your orders in, either online or at one of our several retail outlets.