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Offline excaliber

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How would you store Ketchup for LTS?
« on: November 30, 2010, 05:21:41 PM »
I can do without a lot of things,,, but Ketchup is not one of them,

off the shelf it looks to be good for 2 years, any ideas how to store it for LTS like 10-25 years?

I've had dehidrated Ketchup that came in the MRE's in the 80's, (wasnt that great) any ideas?

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Re: How would you store Ketchup for LTS?
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2010, 06:29:44 PM »
Ketchup is a tough food storage item because of the ingredients. I'm trying to work up a couple of ketchup recipes out of some food storage items. The oil and molasses are going to be the toughest ingredients to replace.


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Re: How would you store Ketchup for LTS?
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2010, 06:32:03 PM »
but molasses stores pretty well near forever, or have I remembered that wrong?

oh, and I agree - start working on your own recipe that you like.  I understand that the type of vinegar you use makes a BIG difference.
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Re: How would you store Ketchup for LTS?
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2010, 07:02:22 PM »
but molasses stores pretty well near forever, or have I remembered that wrong?

oh, and I agree - start working on your own recipe that you like.  I understand that the type of vinegar you use makes a BIG difference.

I've found varying reports as to how long molasses will store, which confuses me a little because brown sugar stores well, indefinitely according to the Domino Sugar site, and brown sugar is sugar and cane molasses. Go figure.


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Re: How would you store Ketchup for LTS?
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2010, 07:17:39 AM »
i'm sure keeping it cool will help, and I have seen it in a #10 can, not sure how long that last either.
maybe vacuum sealing in a mylar bag?

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Re: How would you store Ketchup for LTS?
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2010, 07:24:12 AM »
This is one of those items that I put into my food rotation.  I keep about a one year supply on hand and pull them out for every day use as I need them and then restock.

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Re: How would you store Ketchup for LTS?
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2010, 09:52:30 PM »
This is funny....by accident my wife and I just used some long term storage ketchup.  We kinda forgot we had them until recently.  They have been kept in the back of the pantry.  We had a gallon zip lock bag full of the packets like you get at McDonalds.  We got them from work about 5 years ago!!  We had some friends over and busted them out for the fried potatoes.  Other than the ketchup being brown it tasted and smelled ok.  Our friends were a little wierded out, but no one got sick. 

So, maybe if you get a whole bunch of ketchup packets like we did, that might work!  If you put them in a vacuum sealer or stored in a bucket with O2 absorbers, they might last longer!
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