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. :)
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