Happy Girl Kitchen Co. Packs Mason Jars Full of Flavor

Goodlifer: Happy Girl Kitchen Co. Packs Mason Jars Full of Flavor

A year or two ago, while researching an article on ketchup, I had the plum assignment of trying every brand I could get my small hands on. What struck me was the multitude of choices, and I realized there was a whole world of ketchup beyond the few brands usually available in supermarkets. There was spiced ketchup, there was herbed ketchup; there was even ketchup made without any tomatoes. But of the many tomato-based ketchups I tried, a great favorite was one I just happened to stumble across, that made by Happy Girl Kitchen Co.

Ketchup and Salsa.

The “bottle” for this ketchup is a simple Mason jar devoid of labels. But I never mind packaging on the plain side, as it can be an indication that the company’s emphasis is on their food, exactly where it should be. And that’s the case here. This ketchup is dynamite! It’s a little sweet (without any of the high fructose corn syrup found in supermarket ketchups), and you’ll taste a little spice, too. Most of all, though, you will taste a full-flavored, slightly tangy condiment that can elevate any dish (even one as humble as scrambled eggs) to new heights.

Green beans, squash and.

Tomato juice, tomatoes and

Tomato juice, stewed tomatoes and crushed tomatoes.

Beets, dill and cherries.

Pickled beets, spicy dill and cherry jubilee.

This small-scale business is certified organic. Better yet, the majority of the fruits and vegetables used in their products are grown within twenty miles of their Aromas, CA location. Happy Girl Kitchen Co. has greatly expanded their roster since I first wrote about them. In addition to their ketchup, they offer crushed and stewed tomatoes, salsa, tomato juice, multiple types of pickled veggies (the cumin green beans sound great), and a few fruit preserves. If you live close by, you can also attend workshops, where you can learn home-canning techniques and take home jars of pickled good ness. For those of us not blessed to call sunny California home, online ordering is available. The gift boxes, at $29.99 each, is a good way to familiarize yourself with the company’s offerings without committing to a full-size jar.

About author
Stephanie Zonis was born with a spoon in her mouth — a tasting spoon, that is. She began cooking (especially baking) at a very early age, and for a short time even ran a highly illegal baking business from her long-suffering parents’ house when she was in high school. After acquiring a Master’s Degree in Foods, she eventually discovered the Internet in 1997. She’s been writing about food and developing recipes, especially where chocolate is involved, ever since. During those few moments when she’s not cooking or writing or thinking about food, Stephanie enjoys reading, walking, political discussions, and volunteering at a local no-kill cat sanctuary. She has been a member of a medieval re-creation group for longer than she’ll admit and loves absurdist humor.
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