Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Easy Peasy Homemade Ketchup

In an effort to avoid high fructose corn syrup and cut down on my grocery budget, I've been experimenting off and on with homemade ketchup recipes for the past year or two. Finding just the right recipe wasn't easy because, I'll admit it, I'm a ketchup snob.

I've mentioned before that I'm originally from Pittsburgh which just happens to be the home of Heinz Ketchup (toured their plant as a little girl -- just thought you should know). Anyway, to me, Heinz ketchup is what ketchup should taste like. After searching the web and numerous cookbooks, combining one recipe with another, and dumping quite a few batches down the drain, I'm happy (and thankful!) to say that I've finally come up with a keeper...

Easy Peasy Homemade Ketchup
makes about 20 oz.

12 oz. tomato paste
1 - 1.5 c. water (depending on how thick you like it)
1/2 c. vinegar
1/2 t. onion powder
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/2 t. dry mustard
1/4 t. cinnamon
1.5 t. sea salt
1/8 t. cloves
1/8 t. allspice
1/8 t. cayenne pepper (double for a little more "kick")
1/4 c. Rapadura or dark brown sugar

Whisk all ingredients together in a medium bowl (add additional water to thin if desired).



Using a funnel, transfer ketchup to a squeeze bottle.



That's it! You can use this easy peasy, delicious ketchup immediately or refrigerate overnight to allow the flavors to blend. Either way, you'll never go back to store bought again. :)

~Lisa

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34 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing this. I also have tried lots of homemade recipes and I can't wait to try this one!

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  2. Sounds delicious! I'm not a ketchup fan, but my hubby will hardly eat fries or hamburgers without it! When we use up our current bottle, I may just have to give this a try. (And my brother agrees with you about the superiority of Heinz. :) )

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  3. Yeah! Ketchup is the one thing I hate to buy~to buy organic means that we have to settle for a tiny bottle that might last 2 meals. I can't wait to try this~Thank you!

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  4. Kim, You're welcome! I did use organic tomato paste in this recipe (I buy S&W's at Costco as it costs less there). We've been using Trader Joe's organic ketchup off and on during my recipe trials, but we won't have to buy it any more. :) Now if I could only create a mayo to compare to the flavor of Hellman's/Best Foods...

    Blessings! ~Lisa

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  5. Lisa, This is a great idea. I love that you perfected the recipe. Do you have any idea how long this will stay good in the fridge? I'd love to use your recipe if it would stay good in the fridge for a while! Thanks for sharing :)
    Katie

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  6. I made this a couple hours ago... it's currently "melding" in my fridge. Can't wait to try it! :)

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  7. I'm your new follower! You had my attention as soon as I saw "ketchup"!! I love ketchup on almost everything - except eggs. I love this and can't wait to make it.

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  8. Ladies, Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Katie, I've kept this homemade ketchup in my fridge for weeks (over a month to be sure) and it's been great. Hope you all enjoy it as much as my family does. :) Blessings! ~Lisa

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  9. Very cool! SUCH a great blog..and you are amazing!

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  11. Amazing? Not really. But glad you like the blog... :)

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  12. Thank you for posting this! I can't wait to try it!

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  13. Barb @ A Life in Balance3/31/2011

    Wonderful! And since you're a Heinz snob, I'm sure this will taste almost as good.

    We've been using Hunt's All Natural which has no corn syrup in it. I was able to pick up 2 cases at the grocery outlet. Otherwise, we use Trader Joe's organic ketchup which is affordable.

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  14. Almost as good is right. :) Trader Joe's is what we were using before this recipe.

    Brooke, hope you like it!

    Blessings, ~Lisa

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  15. I can't wait to give this a try!

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  16. This looks delicious. Bookmarked this recipe for sure :)

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  17. Hey! I included this recipe in my recipe box! :) Can't wait to try it.

    Living A Bona Fide Life: Recipe Box #12

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  18. Just a heads up for all you homemade ketchup lovers out there, the last time I made up a double batch of my Easy Peasy Ketchup I doubled all the ingredients except the cinnamon, cloves, and allspice. I also didn't quite double the brown sugar (we're trying to cut down on our sugar intake), and the ketchup was just as tasty.

    Please feel free to adjust my recipe to satisfy your individual family's taste buds! What cook doesn't?

    Happy cooking! ~Lisa

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  19. I love DIY grocery recipes and am going to try this soon, especially since you say it tastes like Heinz. I am coming over from Living a Bona Fide Life who shared her Friday Favorites at Finding Joy in My Kitchen. I live in central Washington so "Hi Neighbor". I will be back when I have more time.

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  20. Loy, Thanks for stopping by! :) You'll have to let me know how you like the ketchup when you have time to try it. I did mention in the comment directly above yours about how I doubled this and slightly changed the ingredient amounts for a slightly less "spicey" flavor.
    Blessings! ~Lisa

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  21. Here's my Ketchup recipe. It is very close to the real thing. I've had a number of people comment on how good it is. Give it a try!

    Tomato Ketchup
    1 can 6 oz tomato paste
    ½ cup white vinegar
    ¼ cup water
    ¼ cup sugar
    1 tsp salt
    ½ tsp cinnamon
    ¼ tsp onion powder
    ¼ tsp garlic powder


    Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat.

    Whisk until smooth and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring often.

    Chill and store in a covered container.

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  22. Thanks, Mike! I'll definitely give your recipe a try. Blessings, ~Lisa

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  23. DVG ~ I'm excited to try this. Wondering if I could substitute sucanat for the brown sugar? Hmmm... I'm give it a try and we'll find out!

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  24. Amy, I'd love to know how it turns out with the sucanat. I've not tried it as I was concerned it wouldn't dissolve. ~Lisa

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  25. I love ketchup and have been making it for the kiddos, but they haven't quite gotten used to the homemade versus the store bought. But this recipe sounds great. I use whey instead o water for the cultured ketchup. Have you tried making it with maple syrup instead of sugar? Just curious as we are also trying to cut out the sugar. I'll be back! Thanks!

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    1. I have not tried making my ketchup with maple syrup -- what a terrific idea! If you do try it, please let me know how it goes. I know what you mean about winning the kids over with homemade vs. store bought. Right now I'm working on a recipe to replace the Wishbone Italian that my 13 yo son thinks he'll die without. :) Happy ketchup making! ~Lisa

      PS: I like the idea of a cultured ketchup and think I'll try it next time I make a batch!

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  26. I found your recipe on Pinterest & had all the ingredients on hand to whip up a batch. THIS IS DELICIOUS!! Thank you for sharing this recipe. I whipped this up to mix in a BBQ sauce recipe I found, also on pinterest :) ( http://www.simplyscratch.com/2011/09/homemade-barbecue-sauce-part-1.html#comment-6007 )
    You talk about gooood & quick & easy. A new favorite and sure to be frequent used recipe (the ketchup & BBQ)
    Tonight I'm making pizzas (BBQ chicken calzones & a stuffed crust bacon, jalapeno, pineapple pizza) but I can't wait to have chicken strips & french fries to dip in my homemade ketchup :)

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    1. Winnie, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment! It's always a blessing to know that others are enjoying our recipes! I'll have to check out that BBQ sauce since I don't have a good homemade one yet, and BBQ season is upon us!! Blessings, ~Lisa :)

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  27. I've made three batches of ketchup today and still not found one we're pleased with. I'm going to try this now. I'll keep you posted. Thanks!

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  28. OK. Here's my update from my last comment. After trying several ketchup recipes today (and totally disappointing my taste buds) I thought I'd try this last one and be done. Wow! I'm so excited to have finally found one my family likes. After taste-testing ketchup all day, they are too. I'm sending you a million hugs from my family. ((((((((((((((((((((( )))))))))))))))))) I suppose I only wasted about $10-$15 worth ingredients but that still hurts when you're on a tight budget.
    I've now got a complete set of awesome condiment recipes after searching since summer. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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    1. You are so welcome! Homemade ketchup truly is the best, and when you find one your family likes -- how awesome is that! Thanks for taking the time to leave such a terrific comment! What a blessing and encouragement to us to continue sharing. :) Blessings to you and yours this Advent season! ~Lisa :)

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  29. Anonymous1/10/2014

    I have come to a point in my life (little people abound!) where it is best to make a HUGE batch of whatever I'm making and preserve enough for the year if I find that I have time in the kitchen... any idea how this will be once its canned?

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    1. I have no idea but would love to hear back from you if you give it a try!

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