Homemade Ketchup

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!
Ginny M


Sounds yummy, but I am not generally a sauce eater - the only one I like is Plum Sauce, and then I don't use it often...

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