🍅🌱 Ketchup is an indispensable condiment in many kitchens - whether on French fries, burgers or as a base for sauces. But is ketchup actually always vegan? In the following, we clarify the most important questions around the topic of vegan ketchup.
🍅🌶️ ketchup originally comes from Asia and was made there from fermented fish. The American version we know today, on the other hand, consists of tomatoes, vinegar, sugar and various spices. In Europe, however, ketchup is not standardized and can have different compositions depending on the manufacturer.
🍅🌱 In principle, ketchup is vegan, as most recipes do not contain animal products. However, there are exceptions: For example, some manufacturers rely on fish sauce or milk-based products to enhance the flavor. Honey can also be used in some types of ketchup.
🍅🌿 If you want to be on the safe side, you should use ketchup varieties that have a vegan seal. In addition, the ingredients of the various manufacturers should be read carefully. Vegan ketchup varieties are now available in many supermarkets and health food stores. Some well-known manufacturers such as Heinz also offer vegan varieties.
🍅🥫 If you want to do without animal products but still don't want to miss out on spicy enjoyment, you can turn to alternatives such as homemade tomato sauce, salsa or chutney. Other seasonings such as mustard or harissa can also serve as a ketchup substitute.
🍅🧑🍳 another option is to make your own ketchup. Here is a simple recipe:
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes until the mixture thickens. Then pour into a clean jar and store in the refrigerator.
🍅🌿 Ketchup can certainly be vegan - but it's worth taking a closer look at the ingredients before buying. If you want to be sure, you should use vegan ketchup varieties or simply make the condiment yourself.
I am Julius Walter, the founder of the blog "Veganhalunke", where I write about the vegan lifestyle. As a long-time vegan, I want to inspire others to also switch to a vegan diet and live an environmentally conscious lifestyle. I offer advice and tips for making the switch to a vegan diet and hope that my blog can help make a positive change for our world.