What is the difference between ketchup and tomato sauce?

Ketchup usually contains additional ingredients such as sugar, vinegar, seasonings (salt, garlic, pepper, cloves, etc.)

Although tomato sauce can have more ingredients, at its most basic form it is simply tomatoes cooked down with a bit of lemon juice, vinegar or salt.

Both forms require a long cooking time to reduce the tomato to a soft sauce-like form.

Ketchup is only ever ketchup: that sugary vinegary tomatoey red goop they sell in bottles at the store.

Tomato sauce could be used to describe a whole range of tomato based sauces.

Ketchup is a sauce made of tomatoes, so it is a tomato sauce, but there are other tomato sauces that are not ketchup.

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