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.)
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:
And Not Ketchup Glazed Bacon:
If you live in the greater Los Angeles area, you can currently find Not Ketchup at:
- Artisan Cheese Gallery
- Bob’s Market
- Buster’s Baskets and Flowers
- Luna Garcia
- Santa Monica Seafood
- Vicente Foods
- Wine Expo
- Blackmarket Bakery (in OC)
As well as the Not Ketchup website.