I've finally gotten around to making a homemade ketchup. I've been planning on doing this for some time then last night I read my name brand ketchup label and said that is it! Time for me to make my own!
Here is the label that I read:
When I eat ketchup, it is only a portion size that is more than enough, Steve likes more than a portion and young Steve likes half a bottle. When you look at this label you can see this will quickly add up to a very bad for your health condiment. 4g of sugar equal 1 teaspoon, so if you are an average ketchup connoisseur, you will eat 3 TBS of ketchup per meal which equates to 1 Tablespoon of sugar per meal. According to Foodbeast com the average American eats 71 lbs of ketchup per year. That is a whole lot of hidden sugar - about 23lbs a year!!
So in an effort to eliminate fructose and sucrose (processed sugars) in our diet (commercial ketchup also has high fructose corn syrup and corn syrup in it , I won't even go into that here) I thought I would give making my own a try.
Let me tell you , this was simpler than simple. I will share how I did it and the basic recipe, you can tweak it to your families liking.
what you need:
A blender of some type
2 cans tomato paste
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 2-3 TBS Raw honey
2 TBS Molasses
( I always use raw local honey for the wonderful natural stuff the bees put into it- not very scientific but that would also be another post too)
1/2 tsp salt
1/tsp black pepper
1 TBS onion powder
1 pinch each Basil, Cloves Cayenne
1tsp garlic powder
1 tsp mustard powder
1 pinch chicken stock powder (look for one without msg)
about 2/3 cup water
All of the above ingredients will need your tastebuds to adjust. I like ours a little thick so that it stays on the food,
throw everything in a blender and mix
I mixed mine on #3 in my Vitamix.
That is it, we reused our old ketchup bottle. Cost: about $1.20 for this large bottle
Hardest part was getting my photo model (DH -Steve) to cooperate
So give it a try, chances are you already have everything in your pantry!
Thanks for stopping by!