My family LOVES ketchup.
Well, truth is, my boys and I love ketchup. Hubby is more of a mustard and hot sauce fan.
Over the years I’ve tried to make homemade ketchup a number of times, but I’ve always fallen short.
Either the recipe was “off” or it just took way too much time to replicate and keep on hand.
One of the recipes I tried was so loaded with oil that it has a thick solid layer on it after I stored it in the fridge.
Why I Need Easy Ketchup
And if you’ve ever perused homemade ketchup recipes on the internet, then you know what I mean by them taking “too much time.”
The majority of ketchup recipes have you blending tomatoes or tomato paste with a bunch of spices and then simmering for a looooong time (and sometimes you have to put the spices in a little spice bag and simmer that way. If I can avoid things like “little spice bags” and still get a good product, then I am all for it. That’s just the life of a busy whole foodie mama, you know? I love good food but a “loads-of-time-on-my-hands-gourmand” I am not.)
Since I don’t often have a looooong time to wait when I am throwing dinner together, or worse yet, I remember at the last minute that we’re going to a potluck and my kids are going to be eating hotdogs (our own natural ones, of course), I need simple recipes like this.
I mean, my kids are really fine eating the hotdogs plain because they are already a treat, but if they can have ketchup and mustard on them they they are thrilled!
Why I Need Homemade Ketchup
I am not thrilled with the ingredients in store-bought ketchup. Even the organic varieties have loads of sugar in them and since we are all on a super-low-to-no-sugar diet, that doesn’t work for us.
Plus, store-bought ketchup often has “natural flavors” added. That can be a catch-all for very benign food items like parsley extract, but it can also be code for “MSG-type” substances. It’s kind of a pain to always be calling companies to ask what their flavors are so I prefer to make my own :).
With this super simple ketchup recipe you can literally toss all the ingredients together within a minute or two and have homemade sugar-free ketchup ready –almost as quick as you can say “ketchup” or “catsup” or–whatever. (Did you know that both words are derived from the Chinese word “ke-tsiap” which is a “fish sauce? Look at that–a recipe and a linguistic lesson in one post :)!)
On with the ketchup…
The inspiration for this recipe came from this recipe at Deep Roots at Home.
I was on my perpetual hunt for a good easy ketchup recipe when I finally found one that worked pretty well.
I changed it up a bit and now we can have ketchup any time we want!
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Easy Homemade Ketchup Recipe
Makes approximately 1 1/2 cups
7 oz (approx 3/4 cup) tomato paste (I love this brand. Of course, you can use 6 oz cans and just reduce the other ingredients.)
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons sweetener of choice, or to taste. (I used 1 T vegetable glycerine and 1/64 tsp stevia. See stevia usage info here.)
3/4 teaspoons salt (I love this brand)
3/4 teaspoons granulated garlic (if using powder, use 3/8 tsp)
3/4 teaspoons granulated onion (if using powder, use 3/8 tsp)
3/16 teaspoon allspice
1/2 Tablespoon molasses (optional. I used blackstrap. For a low-glycemic option, use yacon syrup.)
1/16 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2/3 cup water (filtered. See Is Your Water Safe?)
1. Place all ingredients in a bowl.
2. Stir to blend completely.
3. Store in the refrigerator.
Homemade ketchup in a flash.
My kids are sooo happy that we have ketchup around more frequently now. My youngest dips EVERYTHING in it. For awhile he was taking to dipping his carrot sticks in it and today he was dipping crackers in it too!
Who am I kidding? I was dipping right along with him :).
We have a cookout later this week so you can bet we’ll be toting this ketchup with us.
My son thinks these Easy Baked Chicken Nuggets should be on the menu this week so we can dip the nuggets in ketchup :).
NOTE: I use a variety of low to no-glycemic index sweeteners. Use what works for you. I’ll update in a post soon, hopefully. Any food-grade vegetable glycerine is fine if you wish to try it. Mountain Rose Herbs also has a good quality option.
Also, if you don’t have tomato paste but have tomato sauce, just use that and omit the water. It will be a little different but likely very close!
Other Processed Food Alternatives:
Are you a ketchup or mustard fan? Or both?