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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Homemade Ketchup

Refill an empty ketchup with this yummy homemade version!


There are probably about a million homemade ketchup recipes out there in cyberspace. This one just happens to be my personal fav. It's been tested and reworked to perfection.



Homemade Ketchup Recipe (Small Batch)

• 6 ounce can tomato paste
• 1/3 cup tap water
• 2 tablespoons vinegar
• 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
• 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1 pinch cloves
• 1 pinch allspice
• 1 pinch chili powder
• 1/3 cup brown sugar

This is simplicity itself. In a medium bowl combine all of the ingredients with a wire whisk. Blend well. Scrape the mixture into a pint-sized, resealable container. Chill overnight, to blend the flavors. Use wherever ketchup is desired.

To reduce the sodium content simply omit the salt.

As written this recipe makes 12-ounces or 24 servings, 1-tablespoon each.

The recipe freezes extremely well. When I have a time I make up a very large batch, place it in a Ziploc bag and freeze. When our ketchup supply runs low I simply thaw the frozen supply over night. Then I snip the corner of the Ziploc bag and squeeze it into an existing ketchup bottle.

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The only of the downside of making my own is #1-it can be tricky getting it into the bottle and #2-if I'm short on time it can be a pain in the neck to find and measure out everything I need. So I have come up with a solution to solve both problems.

I have created for myself a "ketchup spice mix". Basically I mix all of the dry ingredients in a Ziploc bag ahead of time. When I need a new batch of ketchup I add the wet items and I'm good to go.
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First, I gather all of the spices that I will need to make a big batch. I usually make enough to fill a large ketchup bottle (approx 20 oz.).

Next I put the brown sugar and all of the spices to a Ziploc bag.



That's it for the first part! I label the bag of spices and store them in a cool dry place; namely my kitchen cabinet!
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Now I don't know about your house but at my house we ALWAYS need more ketchup. I have 4 sons who enjoy a squirt of the red stuff on EVERYTHING!!! So when our ketchup bottle is getting a little light I pull out my bag of ketchup spice and get to work.


To the bag of spices I add: 2 large (12 oz.) can's of tomato paste, the water and vinegar.


Next I gently release all of the air from the Ziploc bag and seal. Squeeze to mix. Be careful not to burst open the bag.
Next lay the bag flat on the counter and squeeze the ketchup away from one corner. Use scissors to clip the tip of the bag.


Now gather the end of the bag together to form a spout.
Slide the spout down into the your empty ketchup bottle.
From the top of the bag gentle squeeze the ketchup into the bottle.


That's it!

Depending on how large a batch of ketchup you make and the size of  the bottle that you're refilling, there may be some leftovers. Place the Ziploc containing the ketchup in a container or inside of another bag and freeze.


Homemade Ketchup - Big Batch!

2 - 12 oz cans Tomato Paste
1 1/3c. cup tap water
1/3 c. vinegar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt (seasoning salt works well too)
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon chili powder
3/4 cups brown sugar


Mix and enjoy!

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