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The circuitous histories of hamburgers and ketchup

The history of the hamburger could be a relatively short story, or one spanning centuries and continents, depending on how far you disassemble the modern hamburger. If you look for the origins of ground meat between two pieces of bread, that's something American, but where and when exactly is the question. But how did we get the ground meat patty? You can thank the Mongols and Kublai Khan, who brought their ground meat to Russia. Oh, and don't forget the fish sauce! [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 19, 2013 - 35 comments

No more tapping the 57

Have you ever been frustrated because you can't get the last bit of ketchup out of the bottle? MIT has a solution for you.
posted by tocts on May 24, 2012 - 64 comments

Automato Triumphant

Ketchupbot v. picnic food. Ketchupbot, aka Automato, and the Catsup Crapper have been around since 2007, the invention of a trio of MIT students. Automato outtakes. Automato teaches its art to a smaller sibling. Catsup Crapper meets Martha Stewart.
posted by Slithy_Tove on Dec 1, 2011 - 15 comments

"Food is very important here," said Hazan of the parents federation, "and we can't have children eating any old thing."

"We absolutely have to stop children from being able to serve those sorts of sauces to themselves with every meal. Children have a tendency to use them to mask the taste of whatever they are eating."
The French government, in an effort to honorably represent traditional Gallic cuisine to its schoolchildren, has banned the indiscriminate application of ketchup during school meals, reserving it only for the once-weekly serving of Gallic fries. [more inside]
posted by obscurator on Oct 12, 2011 - 165 comments

The ketchup killer

So you are a hired assasassin, but what happens when it turns out the victim you are supposed to kill is a childhood friend and / or someone you fall in love with? Well obviouisly you fake-up evidence of your killing with the help of a machette under the armpit and lots and lots of tomato ketchup...
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Sep 24, 2011 - 38 comments

Picking up condiments, how does it work?

Have you ever looked at a goopy mess of ketchup and mustard and though, "I wish I could somehow pick this up with perfect precision and transfer it to some other surface?" Well, now you can*! [more inside]
posted by kmz on Mar 27, 2011 - 76 comments

They giggle and laugh, as they watch Project Popcorn

And now, the Russian version of Mystery Science Theater 3000: Project Popcorn [more inside]
posted by Servo5678 on Jan 28, 2011 - 25 comments

I Call it Catsup. You Call it Ketchup

Got a lot of tomatoes? Looking for some thing different to DIY? How about DIY ketchup? "Whether it's pickles or preserves, DIY food is all the rage. But when I told a group of food-loving friends that I was planning to make my own ketchup, their response was muted. First, there was an awkward pause. Then, one piped up with the question that everyone must have been thinking: Why? Ketchup, apparently, is an exception to the everything-is-better-if-you-make-it-yourself ethos. "
posted by Xurando on Aug 11, 2010 - 61 comments

New Dominion

China’s wild west Considered journalism on the historical and political background to the recent inter-ethnic violence in Xinjiang.
posted by Abiezer on Aug 12, 2009 - 9 comments

Economic policy in a squeeze bottle

"Libertarians Are Dumb, or Why We Eat Heinz Ketchup"
posted by expriest on Mar 16, 2009 - 180 comments

Painting with your food.

Painting with Ketchup and Fries. Sketching Elvis with Cheetos. Artist Jason Baalman specializes in painting in unusual mediums and then posting the results to YouTube. Painting with ribs. Or just the BBQ sauce. Or chocolate syrup. Branching out from food, he also paints with mascara, lipstick and vegemite. He says he can teach you to draw too. His Mona Lisa in MS Paint has previously been posted here.
posted by CunningLinguist on Feb 1, 2009 - 13 comments

Would you like fries with that?

What do you do with ten ketchup packets and McDonald's french fries? Make a painting of Morgan Spurlock of course! Or you can take artist Jack Daws' route and build a replica of the Twin Towers using the same ingredients and sell it for $1,500.
posted by inconsequentialist on Mar 16, 2007 - 17 comments

Collaborative ketchup art collection

KetchupArt.com. Submit your own. [via It's Knuttz]
posted by mediareport on Mar 6, 2007 - 4 comments

It's only ketchup ya tight git!

Learn the ketchup lesson CEOs... A London secretary turned the tables on a tightarse boss by humiliating him in front of his peers. Everyone has a laugh but is this guy just a scrooge or a workplace psychopath. It may seem like a big jump but a lack of empathy, narcissism, no grip on reality sounds like he's a little out of it to me. Why else would you send a demand like that to your secretary?
posted by ClanvidHorse on Jun 20, 2005 - 50 comments

Approved by the Council

An unusually long article about ketchup. Fascinating, I swear.
posted by Hildago on Oct 16, 2004 - 21 comments

Heinz hate America.

You don't support Democrats. Why should your ketchup?
posted by Evstar on Jul 7, 2004 - 35 comments

The Condiment Packet Museum

The Condiment Packet Museum exists to provide documentation and display of condiments found on packets. The packets in the Museum are specifically all packets other than sugar packets, which are currently well documented by other sources.
posted by DailyBread on Oct 28, 2002 - 27 comments

Ketchup? Mustard? Relish?

Ketchup? Mustard? Relish? How much are you willing to pay for these little extras. In this prison, you'll now have to pay per packet.
posted by LinemanBear on Feb 8, 2002 - 18 comments

First they turned your ketchup green. Then, they turned your ketchup purple. Undaunted, Parkay has introduced that its margarine is now available in... pink and blue!
posted by hijinx on Oct 31, 2001 - 26 comments

Ketchup.

Ketchup.
posted by blackbeltjones on Sep 26, 2001 - 20 comments

I'm not sure I want my ketchup "funky".

I'm not sure I want my ketchup "funky". Heinz announces "funky purple" ketchup, because their green ketchup was so successful.
posted by binkin on Jul 31, 2001 - 36 comments

Heinz makes green ketchup.

Heinz makes green ketchup. Green ketchup? According to a Heinz representative, "Green is going to be a shocker for a lot of adults, but kids don't have those hangups". The article also says, "company executives are hoping its unexpected colour and plastic bottle - which squirts a stream so thin kids can draw with it - will attract fans."

I see a few problems here (after the novelty wears off):
1) It's supposed to be the color of spinach - I know a few kids who would have a problem with anything spinach-colored.
2) If kids are meant to use it to squirt and draw things, parents will have a little something to say about that.

So, what's next, blue salsa? Pink mustard? Green mayo?
posted by JISH on Jul 10, 2000 - 7 comments

From the 'Green Eggs and Ham' Dept.

From the 'Green Eggs and Ham' Dept.
posted by quonsar on Jul 9, 2000 - 9 comments

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