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15 Wacky Uses for Heinz® Ketchup

  1. Clean tarnish from brass. Cover the brass object with Heinz Ketchup, let sit for ten minutes, and then rinse clean. The acids from the tomatoes and the acetic acid from the vinegar clean brass.
  2. Reduce the frequency of asthma attacks. Using plenty of ketchup on your food helps reduce the frequency of asthma attacks. A 2008 study in Australia showed that consuming tomato products rich in the antioxidant lycopene reduces the inflammation that causes asthma. One tablespoon of ketchup provides 2.5 milligrams of lycopene. (Be aware that ketchup contains high amounts of sodium and added sugar.)
  3. Remove tarnish from the bottom of a copper pot or pan. Cover the copper with Heinz Ketchup. Let it sit for ten minutes. Then rinse off the pot or pan under running water. The acids from the tomatoes and vinegar in the ketchup gently devour the tarnish.
  4. Clean tarnish from silverware and silver jewelry. Squirt some Heinz Ketchup on a paper towel and rub it gently into the tarnish. For stubborn tarnish, coat the silver item with ketchup, wait fifteen minutes, then rub the item with a soft cloth, and rinse clean. (Do not soak silver in ketchup too long; the acids can ruin the finish.)

  5. Tenderize a pot roast. Adding a few tablespoons of Heinz Ketchup in the pan will help tenderize a pot roast. Acid from the tomatoes helps break down the roast’s stringy fibers./li>
  6. Clean pennies. Pour a thick coat of Heinz Ketchup over tarnished pennies, let sit for an hour, and then wash off. The acids from the tomatoes and vinegar in the ketchup clean the tarnish so the copper shines like new.
  7. Deodorize skunk smell from a dog or cat. Rub Heinz Ketchup into your pet’s coat, wait until the ketchup begins to darken, and then wash the condiment off thoroughly. Repeat if necessary.
  8. Add red highlights to hair. Pour Heinz Ketchup in your hair, work it in well, wait ten minutes, and then rinse clean to achieve natural-looking red highlights.
  9. Cook up a fluffy classic meatloaf. In a large bowl combine 1 ½ pounds lean ground beef, 3/4 cup uncooked Quaker Oats, 3/4 cup finely chopped onion, ½ cup Heinz Ketchup, 1 egg (lightly beaten), 1 tablespoon Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce, 2 cloves garlic (minced), ½ teaspoon Morton Salt, and ½ teaspoon McCormick Black Pepper. Mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape the meatloaf mixture into 10- x 6-inch loaf in a pan. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, bake the meatloaf for 50 to 55 minutes or until the temperature of the meatloaf is 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Let sit for five minutes before slicing. Makes six to eight servings.
  10. Prevent chlorine from dying blond hair green. Massage Heinz Ketchup through your hair, let it dry, and then shampoo. The ketchup eliminates the chlorine, cleanses the hair, and leaves hair feeling soft and silky.
  11. Make an excellent barbecue sauce. Mix Coca-Cola with Heinz Ketchup. Brush the mixture on chicken or ribs while grilling.

  12. Clean baked-on food from inside a casserole dish. Squeeze enough Heinz Ketchup to cover the baked-on food and let sit for one hour. The acids in the ketchup soften the baked-on gunk, making it easy to wash clean with soapy water.
  13. Finger paint. In a pinch, you can use Heinz Ketchup as red fingerpaint.
  14. Make a glue dispenser. Fill a clean, empty Heinz Ketchup plastic squeeze bottle with glue. Be sure to identify the bottle with an accurate label to prevent any sticky surprises.
  15. Make perfect pancakes. To form pancakes easily, pour the prepared batter into a clean, empty Heinz Ketchup squeeze bottle.
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