Those dill pickles bothered me. I wandered down the aisle from them, looking for more unexpected places where HFCS might be hiding. Here’s what I found:
Oh, yeah. Corn syrup on my fish, yum. Here’s one without:
Or, even better, you could take this opportunity to have some fun in the kitchen! I make my own tartar sauce from these ingredients (sorry, I don’t measure):
pinch of dill
minced fresh onion
dill pickle relish (be sure to check that it contains no freakin HFCS!)
There are a million other things you can put in tartar sauce. A cooking show I saw recently used minced jalapeño and capers. Use your imagination!
OK, back to the condiments aisle. Right next to the tartar sauce, I found this:
That’s two strikes for Kraft today. Tsk.
House brand came through on this one:
You could make your own horseradish sauce, too. I don’t like horseradish so I can’t offer suggestions about how, but I imagine it would be a lot like the tartar sauce except with (ick) horseradish. The labels can give you ideas for other stuff to put in there, like onion, garlic, paprika. Just leave out the corn syrup.
Strolling on down the aisle I decided to look at this cocktail sauce:
Ack! Store brand?
Eek! Corn syrup first ingredient!
In fact, I could not find a cocktail sauce on the shelf that was corn-syrup free.
All right, let’s make our own. Since I don’t like horseradish and most cocktail sauces contain it, I’ve been making my own cocktail sauce for years. I start with chili sauce…
Gah! Corn syrup TWICE!
Well, shoot. Let’s make our own.
Back to the organic ketchup from the Spreads. Add red chile flakes, garlic powder, minced onions (or dehydrated onions), maybe a dash of lemon juice or vinegar. Stir, taste, add whatever it needs more of.
Then if you want it to be cocktail sauce, you can add (cough) horseradish. Or in my case, red chile powder and a dash of white pepper.
More condiments next time. (No, we’re not done. Heh.)