Mennonite Woman Waters Down Her Ketchup to Make it Last


Mrs. Plett decided to add three cups of water to her bottle of ketchup and “bring that stuff back to life.” The practice of watering down ketchup has strong roots in the Mennonite culture, and Mrs. Plett is just carrying on this proud tradition.

“Once you’re down to the sludge at the bottom it’s time to head to the kitchen tap,” explained Mrs. Plett. “Oh, and the sticky stuff around the rim? That stuff can be revived, too!”

Using this procedure Mennonites are known to consume the very same bottle of ketchup upwards of five or six times.

“I haven’t bought a new bottle of ketchup since the late 80s,” said Mrs. Plett. “Heck, as long as it says Heinz on the side, my Henry really can’t tell the difference.”

Mrs. Plett is known to do the same with her mustard and mayonnaise and is alleged to have a jar of relish that’s she’s kept alive since the summer of 1973.

“Only suckers buy new condiments,” said Mrs. Plett. “As long as tap water is free there’s absolutely no reason to ever run out of ketchup.”

With all the ketchup money she’s saved over the decades, Mrs. Plett plans to take her husband Henry on a 50th anniversary cruise to all the Mennonite colonies in the old country where she hopes and prays they’ve maintained this tried and true Mennonite tradition of watering down the ketchup.

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