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Wednesday 14 December 2011

Recipe of the day - DIY Homemade Ketchup!

Seriously this is so much easier than you might imagine! The taste testers include my family, the neighbors on both sides of us, plus kids and adults alike, and everyone agrees, it is the best! Other reasons it is the best are how inexpensive, easy and healthy (no high fructose corn syrup or hidden salt) it can be. It keeps in the fridge just like store bought (save your favorite bottle style to refill as needed) and you can freeze it so make a big batch and enjoy the benefits of DIY once more!

I have had so many recipes I have wanted to post lately that it seemed most reasonable to post something simple to get my blogging fingers nimble again... But seriously there are so many to come, I will try to post more faithfully.

Homemade Ketchup - all the flavor without the cost or excessive sugar and salt
Yield: Approx. 1 L or 4 cups

3 small cans tomato paste (organic if possible)
1 cup packed brown or raw sugar
1 cup cider vinegar (preferably organic)
1/4 cup Braggs or low sodium soy sauce
1 cup water
2 tsp kosher salt (1 tsp table salt)
Pinch cayenne or to taste


1. Combine all ingredients in a medium pot and bring to a boil, stirring fequently.  Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until all the sugar is dissolved and mixture looks like ketchup!

2.  Remove from heat and cool.  Pour into your favourite ketchup bottle and use as always.  Alternatively freeze in airtight containers for up to 6 months.

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