Bim’s Kitchen Spicy African Ketchup

by Mrs Naga on June 29, 2011 · 0 comments

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Bim's Kitchen - Spicy African Ketchup

Bim's Kitchen - Spicy African Ketchup

This small family run business has a love for using African ingredients in their sauces which is where the heart of this operation stands and really makes them unique.

Ingredients: Tomatoes, Brown Sugar, Lemon Juice, Garlic, White Vinegar, Onion, Soy Sauce, Salt, Alligator Pepper, Black Peppercorns, Birdseye Chillies, Thyme, Oregano, Fenugreek, Ginger, Molasses, Pomegranate Molasses, Corn Flour, Xanthan Gum, Cubeb, Fenugreek, Paprika, Cloves, Cinnamon.

Bim’s Kitchen Spicy African Ketchup is suitable for vegetarians and vegans and our review bottle was kindly provided by www.bimskitchen.co.uk

Packaged in a tall, 250ml bottle with a thin white label, this sauce is dark reddish brown, thick with a really textured consistency with herbs, seeds and bits of flesh. It has a really distinctive root like vegetable sort of smell (a bit like celery) with a lot of sweet smelling herbs.

This ketchup has a really earthy taste, in a good way. The tomatoes hold a lot of the other flavours like fenugreek and onion. The flesh and herb bits floating around give it a lovely texture which really brings out different tastes every time you sample it. As this ketchup lists the chillies on the ingredients quite low down, I must say there isn’t much chilli flavour. There is also very little burn, but the addition of ginger really brings out more heat. The background warming sensation is pleasant and not at all overbearing. The molasses really makes this ketchup sweet, but not sickly. Unlike your standard ketchup, this spicy African ketchup has none of the salty acidic flavour that makes you thirsty.

I feel that this can be a whole lot more than just a spicy ketchup. This could be a dip for crisps or crudités, with fish and chips, on your summer barbecue meats. The Bim’s Kitchen suggests that you can use it as a salad dressing, adding to mayonnaise, marinades and coleslaw. You can turn it into a marinade. I feel it would be great in a cheese sandwich!

At £4.00 a 250ml bottle, its not the cheapest bottle of ketchup BUT it is worth the money for the flavour. If you’re entering the chilli world, this is a great product to wean you in slowly. Such great flavour and a delightful little burn, this should be a staple in your cupboards.

Flavour
(9/10)
Heat
(2/10)
Packaging
(5/10)
Value
(8/10)
Overall
(8/10)

Editors Note: I messed up the rating on this sauce they are now correct.. Sorry.

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