What is the difference between sauce, ketchup and catsup?

@shelagh77 (3643)
April 11, 2007 5:22pm CST
I have an old recipe book which refers to catsup and I thought it must be obsolete but somebody mentioned it again today. What is the difference between catsup and ketchup and what are the ingredients of catsup. Also, does it last as long as other ketchups or does it have a short shelf life once it is opened please?
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• United States
13 Apr 07
Catsup and Ketchup are the same.Ketchup is a sauce.i use Heinz ketchup and it has an expiration date on the bottle. The date is printed on the side of the top.Ketchup doesn't go bad too soon.i just got a new bottle last week that will expire in march 2008!
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@shelagh77 (3643)
18 Jun 07
Yes, I must admit that Heinz is my favourite as well although I bet it has far more sugar in it than I should have! I did try making my own and words can not describe it on a family site, let's just say it didn't taste right lol. I have decided I can use my old recipes and hope that 1 tablespoon of their "catsup" was as strong as a tablespoon of our Heinz lol.
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
12 Apr 07
Hey She no difference in it over here some poeple spell it catsup its easier to spell
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@shelagh77 (3643)
18 Jun 07
Easier to spell lol. Not if you have never heard of it, it isn't, when I asked my niece she spelt it Katzup - honest!
@CatNPK (461)
• United States
11 Apr 07
It's the same thing. Catsup = ketchup. Just different spellings.
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@shelagh77 (3643)
18 Jun 07
Well, you learn something every day! now I do not have to worry that my recipes won't taste right, thank you so much for that! wonder why they called it Catsup, it doesn't sound so appealing, does it?