Traina Foods® Sun Dried Tomato Ketchup – Product Review

Posted: February 3, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Traina Foods - Sun Dried Tomato Ketchup

Traina Foods – Sun Dried Tomato Ketchup

The people at Traina Foods (http://trainafoods.com) were nice enough to send me a sample of their sun dried tomato ketchup to review. After trying the product, this is what I thought:

  • Packaging Apparence – The product arrived in a sturdy squeeze bottle with an overwrap label, as well as a foil/paper seal under the cap.  The overwrap on my bottles were actually a little off-centered. The Traina logo and the sun dried tomato ketchup fonts were a little fuzzy, but the black script and the tomato image looked very clear. My small concerns are that the full overwrap does not allow you to see the product on the inside, and a repeated use of a squeeze bottle with an overwrap label will eventually wrinkle and shift even more.
  • Product Appearance – As expected, this ketchup is not as smooth as the leading brands, however it held together very nice when squeezed into a bowl.  There are visible pieces of tomato, but not big enough to be a chewy nuisance. It has a rich, dark red color, and just enough thickness to adhere to foods just like its traditional counterpart. When using it as a condiment for french fries however, you will need to give it a little more scoop action to get it on the fry.

    Traina Foods - Sun Dried Tomato Ketchup

    Traina Foods – Sun Dried Tomato Ketchup

  • Eating Experience – This stuff tastes fantastic! I am a ketchup fan, but this definitely brings it to the next level. It has the deep, natural sun dried tomato flavor you would expect, with just the right amount of natural sweetness. It has a great acidity level, along with just a touch of onion and other spices.  I had the pleasure of trying this with homemade french fries, and on a prime beef patty melt. Again, it has just the right amount of sodium which was not overpowering, but complimented everything I ate it with.  Even after it sat in a bowl for a while, I did not see any signs of separation.
  • Value – You get what you pay for. A 16oz bottle runs about $4.99 which is much higher compared to the leading ketchup brands, however this was made to be an upscale alternative. The Traina Foods website states it takes about 4 pounds of tomatoes to make one bottle of their ketchup, and sun dried tomatoes themselves already cost more that your average tomato.
  • Overall – I personally think the packaging could use an upgrade, maybe either a printed on package label, or sticker label, but the flavor from the ketchup is outstanding. It has a much greater depth of flavor compared to the high sweet/salty/acid standard brands, a nice texture you would expect from a sun dried tomato product, and even though it is at a higher price point compared to the leading standard brands, it is well worth it! I give Traina Foods® Sun Dried Tomato Ketchup a 4.5 out of 5.

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Comments
  1. Debbie Spivey says:

    Really?!? Love sun dried tomatoes, so I know it has to be good!

  2. Thanks for the review – very thorough and thoughtfully done.

  3. chef mimi says:

    hmmm I bet this stuff is really good. (Of course you can make it, too, but it’s nice to know a good quality sundried tomato product is out there!)

  4. Good information. Lucky me I ran across your blog by chance (stumbleupon).
    I’ve saved it for later!

  5. enterprisingsidney says:

    Ketchup is a staple in my home and a necessity when I make macaroni and cheese. This sounds good, but also a product that is not for regular purchase. Maybe an item that is more novelty or specialty for occasions. Yummy nonetheless.

  6. Very informative review! Thanks for sharing. I’ve seen this product in my local grocery store, and now that I’ve read this I’ll definitely be adding it to my shopping cart next time I’m out. 🙂

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