What’s a picnic without mustard and ketchup? We’ve got a bright tangy mustard from Vidalia and two ketchups, one from Madison, Alabama, and one from Lilburn that we think deserve a place on your picnic table.
Bold & Bodacious Spicy Mustard from Prissy’s of Vidalia
The name says it all. Bold & Bodacious Spicy Mustard is not mustard for the timid. Priscilla Oxley Ruckno started her business in 1986, creating recipes in her Vidalia, Georgia kitchen. She’s always made use of Georgia products such as Vidalia onions and sweet Georgia peaches and her small business has grown into one that offers 96 different gourmet products. Prissy’s of Vidalia offers two mustards, one with Vidalia onions and the one we tried, Bold & Bodacious. This one’s got a real kick and holds its own against the snappiest of sausages and grilled meats. The bite is from the mustard seeds themselves and there’s a little heat from jalapenos, but despite its kick, it’s not overwhelming. Perfect for adventurous palates.
Ketchup from Liberated Specialty Foods
Tomatoes, organic honey and apple cider vinegar, sea salt, onion, paprika and bay leaves. There. That’s it. That’s the entire ingredient list for the ketchup from Stacey Schlaman of Madison, Alabama. She started Liberated Specialty Foods to develop clean, healthy food for her children and now has a product line that includes pizza-pasta sauce, baked goods such as cupcakes and waffles, and snacks like cheese crackers and chips. We sampled the ketchup and everyone agreed it would be a favorite with kids. It pours easily (no banging on the bottom of the bottle) and the flavor is mild. The ketchup is Certified Paleo™ and with the limited ingredient list works for everyone at your picnic table.
Georgia’s Gourmet Tomato Ketchup from The Sauce Company
Over in Lilburn, Scott Galt is making ketchup. Thick, rich ketchup with a good bit of spice and a little bit of sweet. And no high fructose corn syrup. The ingredient list is short and the flavor is long. This ketchup is so impressive it was a finalist in the 2018 Flavor of Georgia condiment competition. Galt has been making barbecue sauces since 1973 (The Sauce Company has four flavors) and winning barbecue competitions for many years. Ketchup was always a key component of his barbecue sauces. In 2014, he figured he could make his own ketchup and eliminate ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup. The result was healthier barbecue sauce and a new product (the ketchup) to put on the market. We enjoyed his ketchup with fries and a burger. But Galt says you shouldn’t restrict yourself to picnic uses. He suggests the ketchup is good with seafood (it would make a great base for cocktail sauce) and to thicken stews or to top a meatloaf.
$6.99 per 18-ounce bottle. Available at Strippagio at Emory Point, Shield’s in Emory Village, Paris on Ponce, Fresh Harvest in Clarkston and David’s Produce and Country Store in Decatur. Also online at http://georgiasauce.com.