Homemade Ketchup

Memorial Day is approaching. Got Ketchup?

I was typing up a blog post the other day when my son noticed we ran out of ketchup. He yelled out something about me forgetting to put ketchup on the shopping list again and he began to read the ingredients on the ketchup bottle.


Tomato paste
Onion powder


“Hey we can make his”, he said excitedly.

Mom’s ears perked up.

“Yes we can!”

I immediately went into the kitchen and started gathering the ingredients.

“Read those off again… yeah, we got that”

I put it all on the counter and pulled out the vitamix.

I put a can of tomato paste in first. I added a can of diced tomatoes. Poured in about 1/2 cup (maybe a little less) of apple cider vinegar. Added 4 tbs of sugar plus about 1/4 cup of maple syrup (it was way too much) then I sprinkled some onion powder in there and a little paprika and got to blending.  Here’s what it looked like when we were done:

imageNow I didn’t add everything all at once.  I taste tested along the way, added a little more maple syrup here, a little more ACV there. The final product tasted a little too tart, which is why I kept adding maple syrup to it. But what I didn’t realize is that the ACV needed a little more time to pickle the tomatoes. I refilled the old ketchup bottle to the top and put it in the fridge after my son squirted a little on his turkey BLT wrap. After letting it sit and marinate over night, we had a very pleasant tasting ketchup the next day. It actually tasted a little more like BBQ sauce, which is why I said I added a little too much maple syrup, but it was still delicious.


imageWe said nothing of our little experiment to dear daughter, simply forgot to mention it. She put some the homemade ketchup on her hotdog the next day, bit into it, picked up the bottle and said,

“mmm, is this the kind you usually buy?”

I said, “why?”

She said, “cause this tastes better, they must have changed their recipe”

I said, “actually, we made that ketchup the other night”

She said, “NO WAY! I would have never been able to tell”.

Big smile. I’m never buying ketchup again.

Have you ever tried making your own condiments?

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