Food Artisans

Not Ketchup Dipping Sauces: Interview and Giveaway

not ketchup dipping sauces

It’s always exciting to see new food products popping up at the mom and pop markets in the neighborhood.  Seeing these  on the shelves represents creative food artisans to me.  Creatives in the food industry with an idea, vision and tenacity to get their product into the food market.  I love finding these and sharing them with you and Not Ketchup  is next on my list.

Erika of In Erika’s Kitchen is behind these new gourmet dipping sauces, created with fruit notes, not tomatoes, hence the name. Like all great things, Not Ketchup was born of necessity.  That’s what happens when you go cherry picking and end up with 30 pounds of cherries.  After all, how much cherry jam can one person make… and eat? After doing some ingredient research and flavor combinations, Erika hit it on the head with her first flavor, Cherry Chipotle.

Following shortly after was the ah-huh moment to market her Not Ketchup dipping sauce, and the Blueberry White Pepper and Smoky Date flavors were born as well. Erika has stuck to her guns on no preservatives or additives added, except for a necessary plant based thickening agent, safe for gluten free diets.

I hung out in Erika’s kitchen (In Erika’s Kitchen… get it? Sorry, I just had to!) recently while she was doing some recipe development and I’m loving the depths of these flavors.  There are so many possibilities on how to use these sauces! (And she is developing sauce number 4, a spiced fig that I can’t wait to try.)

not ketchup dipping sauces

I asked Erika to give me some pairing suggestions for you, even though I think these are all good on everything.

Cherry Chipotle: burgers, steaks, chicken, fries and salmon

Smoky Date: pork chops and tenderloins, grilled cheese

Blueberry White Pepper: scallops, shrimp, goat cheese, lamb

The recipes she was working on while we chatted and took photos were roasted potatoes with the sauces used for dipping:

not ketchup dipping sauces

Blueberry White Pepper Not Ketchup Lamb Chops:

lamb chops

And Not Ketchup Glazed Bacon:

glazed bacon

If you live in the greater Los Angeles area, you can currently find Not Ketchup at:

As well as the Not Ketchup website.

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    […] This glazed bacon adds a level of flavorings to the bacon that are so delightfully delicious! Two different sauce flavors were used in this recipe and I honestly can’t say which I liked best,  so I’m sorry but you are going to have to try both Not Ketchup Dipping Sauces suggested within the recipe and then come back and tell me which you prefer… if you can pick! (For more info, head on over to the Not Ketchup feature.) […]

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    March 12, 2014 at 7:19 pm

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    Luci {Luci's Morsels}
    March 12, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    I love flavored dipping sauces like this. I originally had them at Harry & David and at some wineries in northern California. My fiance and I have constantly talked about making our own version! I’m so excited to try Erika’s dipping sauces on crackers and in my charcuterie board (along with every else)!

    Luci’s Morsels – fashion. food. frivolity.

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    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious
    March 14, 2014 at 4:34 am

    Your gorgeous photos make me want to dive right into that food!

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    March 14, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Looks great. I guess that since its on this blog the ingredients organic and locally sourced? I would buy it in a heartbeat if it’s natural and farm-fresh! We need lots more real foods in the world. Really good post.

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      Erika Kerekes {Not Ketchup}
      March 17, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      Hi Larraine – the ingredients are not organic but the fruit is all sourced from the West coast (the blueberries are CA and WA, the cherries WA, the dates CA). Not Ketchup is all natural and contains no refined sugar. I worked really hard to create products that taste good AND are good for our bodies!

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    March 14, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    That bacon looks AMAZING! I love the cherry chipotle with grilled onions and the smoky date would be divine in a noodle stir-fry.

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      Farm to Table
      March 14, 2014 at 10:09 pm

      OMG the grilled onion idea sounds amazing!

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    March 17, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    I think the Blueberry White Pepper Not Ketchup would be good on fish? That’s how I would try using it.

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      Erika Kerekes {Not Ketchup}
      March 17, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      Carolsue, you’re right – the Blueberry is terrific on fish. In fact, Santa Monica Seafood (the best fish market in southern California if you’re not familiar) is serving the Blueberry on seared scallops in their cafe and they tell me it’s selling really well!

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    March 18, 2014 at 10:28 am

    I would love to give any of these sauces a try! I am the queen of shrimp & bbq, so I could make some things happen! 🙂

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    Ginger Mooney
    March 22, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Each of the sauces sound great and it would be a good way to change up a dinner night for something new and delicious.

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