Friday, January 20, 2012

Homemade Ketchup

I'm continuing my quest for the perfect homemade condiments for our family. Today, we're trying a homemade ketchup. This version sounds incredibly simple and versatile. I altered the seasonings a bit to fit our family's tastes, but it's really the tomato and vinegar base that's important. The kids went crazy for the flavor of this ketchup and if we can figure out how to make storage work for our family long-term, we'll definitely be making this ketchup more often.

Homemade Ketchup
Adapted from MYO Ketchup.
Ingredients for about 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 3 ounces tomato paste
  • 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 cup water
Heat all ingredients, except water, over medium heat for about 5-10 minutes to meld flavors. Add enough water to achieve desired thickness. Bottle in a clean, empty ketchup bottle or picnic squirt bottle. It will keep in the refrigerator for about 1 week. It can also be frozen.

The Results
I absolutely love the flavor of this ketchup. It's really easy to make and it's great that it's so versatile, you could flavor it however you like. The only downside, which is really a plus side I suppose, is the lack of preservatives. I hope to make it in larger batches and keep the majority frozen, I'm just not sure of the best way to store the frozen portions. I'm considering making a large batch and freezing it like I do the Applesauce, in 1/4 cup portions, since I know now that we like the flavor now. Bug, our almost 3-year-old, ate the entire portion from the photo with her fingers. I think that means she likes it. A lot.

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  1. That's very cool! I try to make all of our stuff homemade but hadn't gotten around to trying ketchup yet. You've inspired me. :)

  2. I'm so glad, Elise! Let me know how your flavor yours and how it turns out.

  3. Homemade Ketchup is a great idea Kristi. We don't eat ketchup very often (no kids otherwise we probably would) this is a great portion for the two of us. Thanks.

  4. I think I could eat that lovely ketchup with my fingers too! My mouth is watering just looking at it. Thank you for sharing this delicious, frugal and healthier than store bought recipe with the Gallery of Favorites.

  5. This ketchup looks great! I am hoping to have enough tomatoes this year to make my own ketchup. Thanks for sharing this with the Gallery.