The tomato-based ketchup we know and love was designed in 1812. Before that … wow!
Ancient Chinese recipes used fermented fish guts and soybeans as the two main ingredients. Not to mention (so we won’t) certain meat byproducts to give it a little “zing.” This paste did not spoil on long journeys. As such, when sea faring people traveled to new lands, they brought it along to share the flavors of home with others.
Of course, the original ingredients weren’t always available in every other part of the world and the recipe changed over time. In the 18th century, there were many recipes that used a variety of produce including: oysters, mussels, anchovies, mushrooms, walnuts, lemons, celery, egg whites, grapes, plums and peaches.
Even though tomatoes were available, many people thought they were poisonous and would not put them in any of their dishes. Some wealthy people did get sick when they ate tomatoes, it was because the acid in the fruit reacted badly with the fancy lead pewter dishes they were using. They actually got lead poisoning when they ate tomatoes!
It is estimated that 97% of American homes have at least one bottle of this tomato-y goodness in the fridge. With over 10,000 varieties of tomatoes, the recipes are still always changing. Have you ever had homemade ketchup? It’s a mess to make but is SO worth the effort. I’ve seen dozens of them in just one quick Google search. You really should give it a try. Make sure you have someone to share the experience with (and help with clean-up). Then fire up the ol’ grill, throw on a couple of burgers, (maybe a hotdog for the kids), add a slice of cheese right before you put that juicy 1/3 pounder on a bun with a spiral of thick, rich, red, homemade ketchup. And, I’ve just helped you make it a history lesson!
New Technology from Signia
Signia has introduced a dual processor device. It is called the AX and comes in several technology levels. What makes this device so interesting is that sound is classified as speech or not speech before anything else is done to the sound input. This is supposed to allow speech to have less negative influence from background noise. It is supposed to allow the wearer to hear both speech and background noise yet keep them both in their own respective places. It is supposed to give a more natural sound quality for people new to hearing aids. And… in the past year… it has not disappointed. It has been called a “game changer.” It pairs directly to an iPhone. It has a flexible and user-friendly app. And it comes in a really cool slim style that fits very nicely behind the ear. It’s rechargeable and has no battery door to break or to allow for moisture in the aid. I like it. If you would like to listen for yourself, call and ask for a Styletto demo appointment. Auburn will get you scheduled.