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Easy and inexpensive to make
This ketchup tastes very similar to brand-name tomato ketchup and I, being a ketchup connoisseur, think it is just right! Josh shared with me the recipe he followed to make ketchup. I modified it just a bit by adding a few more spices. In addition to topping burgers, hot-dogs and French fries, this tangy and sweet condiment is used as an ingredient in sauces, beans and soups.
How to make tomato ketchup
The nice thing about making your own ketchup and not being disappointed that you have run out, is that the ingredients for making it are commonly found in the average kitchen pantry. Tomato paste, vinegar, corn syrup and frequently used spices.
Begin by combining the tomato paste, light corn syrup, vinegar, water, sugar, salt and the spices in a medium saucepan over.
Whisk together and place on stove over medium heat.
Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often.
I find it helps prevent splatters to place a lid, slightly ajar, on the pot.
When finished cooking, remove the pan from heat and cover until cool. The batch will make about 1 1/2 cups. Chill the ketchup and store in a covered container in the refrigerator.
Recipes that use tomato ketchup as an ingredient.
Besides using ketchup as a condiment, it is often an ingredient in recipes. Here are few of our favorite.
- Sweet and Sour Meatloaf
- Hamburger Barley Vegetable Soup
- Sweet Chili Thai Sauce
- Homemade Baked Beans
- Sweet and Sour Sauce
- Individual Meatloaves
- Sloppy Joes
A Few Fun Facts about ketchup
- The speed at which ketchup pours from a glass bottle is 0.0450km/hour, which is also the approximate speed of a garden snail. (source)
- Nutritionally, ketchup , as well as other cooked tomato products, is a good source of the antioxidant lycopene. Lycopenes are beneficial in the prevention of prostate and colon cancers.
- Ketchup is one of the few packaged foods that does not use preservatives.
- What foods do you like with ketchup?
- Do you call it ketchup or catsup? (my mother-in-law called it catsup)
- * Things I like better with ketchup… hot dogs, burgers, french fries, eggs, fried chicken, grilled cheese, macaroni and cheese, hashbrowns, Philly Cheesesteak. These food immediately come to mind… there are probably more 😉
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Homemade Tomato Ketchup
- 6 ounce can tomato paste
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp celery seed
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Melissa Bo says
I remember always calling it ketchup. =)
I love it on french fries and hamburgers..though I dont eat ( or cook ) as many hamburgers as I did when I was younger.
Thanks for sharing the recipe!
I've always called it ketchup or when trying to be funny it was cat soup 🙂
I remember eating a lot of bologna and ketchup sandwiches when I was a kid.
Tori Leslie says
This looks like a great recipe. BTW, I
love ketchup on everything too!
great!! thanks for the recipe. My Mum did the same with me, I was a dreadfully fussy eater and now I do the same with fussy boy … just put ketchup on it!! Could you please tell me which spices you added as I don't think Josh will like the spicier version!!
corners of my life says
Homemade is always best.
Just a little something from Judy says
I should not be surprised, but I must tell you that I grew up with the same "ketchup" rules. My mother served ketchup with all the things you have listed, and to this day, I find myself doing the same. This was an interesting post! The French fry and ketchup picture drew me in. One of my favorite food combinations of all times!!! And to think that now I can easily make my own. Thank you for sharing that recipe.
By the way, we always pronounced it as "ketchup". Just recently the twins asked for ketchup for their mac/cheese:).