MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why do some ketchup packets say “Fancy” on them?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why do some ketchup packets say “Fancy” on them?

If you haven’t heard yet, there is a ketchup shortage in the country. A lot of restaurants, including many here in Connecticut, are having problems ordering takeout packets and bottles of ketchup lately.

Today’s mystery involves those little ketchup packets that say “Fancy” on them. What makes it fancy? It is a USDA grade, relating to specific gravity. Fancy ketchup has a higher tomato solid concentration than other USDA grades. So it really is a bit “fancier” than other ketchups. But with this shortage going on I’m sure people would take any ketchup they can get. Fancy or not.

 

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