Review and Giveaway: Sir Kensington’s Ketchup


**Giveaway Closed: 4/27/12**

Flying Machines. Horseless Carriages. Time Travel. Some things were thought to be unachievable. Gourmet ketchup may now be crossed off from such lists. So enjoy the fruits of innovation and the nectars of invention. Enjoy Sir Kensington’s and enjoy quality.

Diligently Yours,

Sir Kensington

Mustard has arguably had its “artisanal” moment. There are countless types of pickles. They even make Olive Oil Mayonnaise.

Until recently, though, there was no “step up” from plain old industrialized ketchup, that beloved “vegetable” of so many American cafeterias (unless you count Heinz’s special edition green EZ-squirt, with mystical power to transform food into green fantasy). Enter: Sir Kensington’s Gourmet Scooping Ketchup. The paragon of taste and class, this new product has raised ketchup on a pedestal.

Sir Kensington’s appears in 2 forms: the timeless ‘Classic’, and the slightly sexier ‘Spiced’. I imagine your college dining hall is stock full of an industrial seized Heinz, so why would you want to dole out real money for some artisanal crap? It’s pretty simple. You want to be a part of the legend. You’ll be seduced by the witty prose of Sir Kensington, the old school font, and, keeping our eye on the prize here, the unmistakable taste. Heinz is sweetend with High Fructose Corn Syrup, that scoundrel; whereas Sir K’s is blessed with agave nectar, honey, and raw brown sugar. Not to mention, it’s made with—wait for it—actual tomatoes! From Northern California, the Promised Land where tomatoes taste like tomatoes. The beacon of good taste from a bygone era is jarred—in glass, which can only mean class—in Amish country, PA. We may never know the exact “alchemy and wizardry” that creates a product fit for the British Crown, but rest assured that the ingredients are worthy of a silver spoon.

Both the original and spiced flavors have a thicker texture than your average ketchup. With notes of cilantro, jalapeños, green bell pepper, and lime, the ‘Spiced’ comes across as a more refined and luxurious salsa. My roommate may or may not have caught me eating it plain with a spoon. As the founders say, if you’re unsatisfied with mundane, and tired of mediocrity, this is the condiment for you.

The label’s founders, Mark Ramadan and Scott Norton met at Brown, where they took some economics classes together and realized the white space for new and improved ketchup. After months of metrics and endless experimentation, they refined their recipe and settled on their famous moustache emblem.

I wager you could spoon Sir Kensington’s Ketchup onto the simplest beef burger recipe in the book and it would make a meal fit for a knight. Or, since “Meatless Monday” seems to be quite the rage, serve it over polenta fries or “Rosemary’s Toes.” The Classic flavor would pair nicely with California-style (avocado) or white bean sliders, and the Spiced would jazzed up a good old egg sandwich, in lieu of Tabasco. (Clearly revealing my bias for burgers above dogs here, but they’d work equally well on some hot dogs ).

Now, the next recipe I’ll try with Sir Kensington’s will be bloody…but it won’t involve meat. Whip out the tequila and prepare to make a refined Bloody Mary.  You should be able to steal most of the ingredients from your dining hall…besides the Tequila and the ketchup, of course. See the recipe below!

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Brooke Elmlinger is a junior at Dartmouth College studying French and Government. While she fears some condiments, like mayonnaise (unless it’s masquerading itself as aioli) or the ever-dubious veganaise in the Dartmouth Dining Hall, she thinks Sir Kensington’s Spiced Ketchup is simply divine. Join her Friday for a Bloody Kensington.


**Recipe**

Bloody Kensington
A Sir Kensington Gourmet Scooping Ketchup original creation

Ingredients
2 oz tequila
½ oz. fresh lime juice
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
2 squires Sriracha (or hot sauce substitute)
2 barspoons Sir Kensington’s Ketchup, Spiced
A cheeky dollop or horseradish
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Shake all ingredients and strain into a Collins glass on the rocks.

(Optional for the bold) hold an upside-down spoon over the glass and slowly pour over a dab of mezcal to float on top and liven the drink with a smoky aroma. Garnish with a lime wheel and a celery stick.

Alternatively, pre-mix a batch of the non-alcoholic ingredients and mix with tequila to taste.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the quality of a bygone era represented by your new drink.

Originally posted on Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

25 Responses to “Review and Giveaway: Sir Kensington’s Ketchup”

  1. Niv Mani

    April 18th, 2012

    lovely post!
    I remember slathering scooping ketchup over bread & having it as a sandwich snack as a child!

  2. jeevon kay

    April 18th, 2012

    Fries and wedges !!

  3. VanessaMeryl

    April 18th, 2012

    Fries definitely! But that Bloody Mary sounds AWESOME! One of my life goals is to make or find a bloody Mary base recipe I really love! Testing those out is fabulous and dangerous ;)

  4. Diane

    April 18th, 2012

    I like Sir Kensingtons on curly fries and I like to use it in cooking, like with okra and onion.

  5. Ann

    April 18th, 2012

    Fries & Burgers :D

  6. Edita

    April 18th, 2012

    I love eating Sir Kens with oven roasted veg: carrots, sweet potato, and eggplant. Of course the bloody mary with the spiced variety would be amazing.

  7. Josie

    April 18th, 2012

    My absolute favorite way to eat Sir Kensington Ketchup is between two slices of bread..a ketchup sandwich. If I can’t sleep? I have a tablespoons of SKK…and my tummy is happy. Love SKK.

  8. Nicolette

    April 18th, 2012

    Sweet potato fries + ketchup = magic

  9. Marshall

    April 18th, 2012

    Veggie burgers taste great with ketchup.

  10. Alix

    April 19th, 2012

    mac n’ cheese :)

  11. Jen Cantin

    April 21st, 2012

    Oh boy, can’t go against the classic french fry on this one. It’s a little off-putting when people don’t eat their fries with ketchup, I gotta say.

  12. Schmidty

    April 22nd, 2012

    Homemade fries!

  13. Schmidty

    April 22nd, 2012

    I am one of your current newsletter subscribers.

  14. Schmidty

    April 22nd, 2012

    I am one of your facebook followers.

  15. Schmidty

    April 22nd, 2012

    I tweeted https://twitter.com/#!/rusthawk/status/194102482421555200

  16. Sherri

    April 22nd, 2012

    Favorite food with ketchup? MEATLOAF!

  17. Sherri

    April 22nd, 2012

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    April 22nd, 2012

    I follow you on Facebook.

  19. Schmidty

    April 22nd, 2012

    I posted on my facebook wall https://www.facebook.com/rusthawk/posts/187743658012692

    thanks for the chances, I’d love to try the ketchup!

  20. Tpot

    April 22nd, 2012

    Waffle cut fries!

  21. Penny

    April 22nd, 2012

    I like to add it to Chili.

  22. Margie

    April 22nd, 2012

    Fries, fries and more fries!

  23. kelly long

    April 22nd, 2012

    Hands Down Fries — but that Bloody Kensington may move up to first place!!

  24. Michele R

    April 24th, 2012

    What could possible be better with ketchup than fries????

  25. Taylor L.

    April 24th, 2012

    Breakfast potatoes and scrambled eggs! And fries of course.

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