When to Put on the Ritz (Instead of Heinz)
If you're a condiment connoisseur, the variety of unusual blends will probably make some gourmet ketchups worth the price. If your tastes are more middle-of-the-road, you might want to splurge on special occasions.
For example, when you're going all out on elegance, don't skimp on the condiments, especially if they complement a main dish. Grilled prawns deserve fancier company than run-of-the-mill cocktail sauce.
Also, a high-brow condiment can be a quick, easy and unique way to elevate a lowly recipe and jazz up a tired one. A curry ketchup turns beans and rice into Mexican-Indian fusion cuisine. A cranberry ketchup takes chicken salad from school lunch to luncheon status. Stir in some orange chili ketchup, and your baked beans will be the talk of the potluck dinner.
Suppose you crave fancy ketchups on a more regular basis. You can still indulge your desire without breaking your budget.