In our house, we love ketchup – on everything. French fries, breaded chicken, meatloaf…etc. I have been wanting to try a homemade version just to see if I could come close to our favorite brand. My only issue was that I didn’t want to make a huge quantity, just in case it didn’t work out!
I came across a recipe that used 1 can of tomato paste as the base and since it didn’t make a huge amount, I had to give it a try! I made a few changes (because sticking to a recipe is almost impossible for me! ) and came up with the recipe below. The inspiration recipe is from Cook, Dance, Sing - you can check it out here. She served hers with Black Bean Burgers and a quick Slaw…Yum! Not quite as “vinegary” as our favorite brand – this version has more depth of flavor. I really like it, as did the kids – so I will be toying with the recipe to make a larger batch that I put up into jars.
This recipe is perfect for topping your favorite hamburger, fresh-cut fries or even those morning hash browns - it’s a little something special to an otherwise average meal!
Homemade Tomato Ketchup
6 ounce can tomato paste
3 tablespoons brown sugar
5 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 clove garlic minced (I used a microplane grater for this)
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt (you may want more or less depending on your taste)
1/2 teaspoon molasses
1/2 – 3/4 cup water
In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients except water. Slowly add water until ketchup has the consistency you desire. You can serve this as is – but I placed mine in a small saucepan and brought it to a boil. I then dropped the heat to low and let it simmer for 5 minutes. The slight cooking seemed to bring the flavors together.
Ketchup is pretty cheap to buy at the store – so for this recipe, it doesn’t really save you much to make it yourself. However, I do think that when I come up with a larger recipe for canning – that’s where I will see the savings. Especially if I use garden tomatoes as a base.
What are your favorite summer condiments? Have you ever made any yourself? If so, did you like it better than the store-bought kind? I’d love to hear from you!