I discovered Heinz Tangy Tomato Pickle in the fall of 2013, and I love it.
Let me briefly cover the word “pickle” in the name, because it gave me pause at first, too. Us North Americans use a very narrow definition of the word “pickle.” It’s usually pickled cucumbers, usually dilled, and usually involves a lot of vinegar. Well, there’s a broader sense of the word that is still used in England, where this product is from, where “pickle” can still mean a preserve in general.
This “Tangy Tomato” is as close to ketchup as damn it is to swearin’, but I’d call it a grown-up version of ketchup.
It’s a bit more tangy than sweet, and is somewhat chunkier and thicker than ketchup. You definitely spoon it rather than pour it. In fact, it’s a lot like some good homemade ketchups I’ve had.
It’s great at the side of a plate of eggs or French fries. It’s also great at the side of a roast beef dinner plate, or a cold salad plate with cold beef or chicken on it. It has an affinity for chunks of cheddar cheese, or for being tucked inside an omelet just before the egg is folded over.
In Toronto, I get it at English import stores. I don’t know why Heinz doesn’t make it in North America. Because there’s another benefit to it, which I haven’t mentioned yet: it’s actually way healthier for you than Heinz’s ketchup, even their healthy variations such as Heinz Low-Sodium Ketchup.
Here is the nutritional information for Heinz Tangy Tomato Pickle.
(That works out to 1 Weight Watchers PointsPlus® per 2 tablespoons. In fact, for 1 Weight Watcher point, you can even have 4 tablespoons. Holy Moly!)
But anyway ignore the nutrition information; if you’re a ketchup lover I’m pretty sure you’ll LOVE this, so if you see it around, give it a try.
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mrs g potter says
Where can i get tangy tomato pickle it seems to have disappeared from all the shops.please help.
Randal Oulton says
Hi there, I’m not sure, I hope they haven’t discontinued it …. you should write to Heinz and ask them who is carrying in these days in your area. Here is their contact form: http://www.heinz.co.uk/Contact
Douglas Williams says
I love heinz Ketchup. I grew up near Leamington, Ontario, once home of the world’s largest Heinz factory. You could smell the ketchup and pickles for miles down wind in the summer, and every teenager in the area found vacation employment picking tomatoes, loading transport trucks with baskets of them, or working in the canning factories in Essex and Kingsville. Ever wondered how tomatoes are peeled for canning? No knife marks, perfect every time? The secret is this: They’re soaked in giant vats of LYE (peaches and pears, too) which eats the skin away. It’s a demandingly precise process, dependent on strength of bath, immersion time, and subtler considerations such as ripeness, air temperature, amount of rain, even which side of the hill the vines were on. But skin removal wasn’t overseen by chemists with clipboards – where I worked, an old geezer who was treated like royalty did the job. He claimed that the direction the wind was blowing affected the strength of lye he chose. His expertise was a product of a lifetime of experience in the surrounding fields and a genuine feeling for the natural elements. They paid him so much that he didn’t have to work the rest of the year. Cooled his heels in Florida, they said. The cultural highpoint of the summer for us kids was an immense tomato fight, organized by Heinz, on the broad tree-lined avenue outside the factory in downtown Leamington. Teams of farm kids would hurl rotten tomatoes at one another until the pavement was awash in red. Those were the days…
Michael Miller says
Does anyone have a recipe to replicate this product? It looks as if Heinz discontinued this great product…
It was discontinued back in 2013. I order Baxters tomato chutney. It’s a sweeter version, but still pretty good