Homemade Ketchup for Beginners

April 15, 2016 | By

This recipe for ketchup is easy for anyone to make. 

You need:

1 large onion, diced

2 cloves of garlic, minced

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 dried chili (if you like it hot)

½ teaspoon of Cayenne pepper

1 cinnamon stick

2 bay leaves

4 lbs about 2 kg fresh tomatoes, roughly chopped

½ teaspoon allspice berries

½ teaspoon dried mustard seeds

1 teaspoon black peppercorns

4 whole gloves

½ cup white wine vinegar

5 tablespoons brown sugar

Sea salt

Put the oil in a pot on medium heat. Cook the onion and the garlic till they are soft.

Add the cayenne pepper, the bay leaves and the cinnamon stick and stir to mix everything together.

Put in the chopped tomatoes and turn the stove to high heat. Mix all the ingredients together.

Now cut a cheesecloth to form a bag which can hold the other spices. You need a string to close it. If you have a tea bag this will do fine for the purpose as well.

Fill your bag with the allspice berries, mustard seeds, black peppercorns and the gloves.

When the tomato mixture stars to boil, add the spice bag and reduce the heat to medium.

Stir frequently and let everything simmer for about 45 minutes.

Now take the pot of the stove and remove the spice bag.

Puree the mixture till it becomes a thick pulp.

Strain it to a sieve and discard any solids (e. g. seeds, skins) which remain in the sieve. Add the sugar and the vinegar.

The tomato mixture has to go back on the stove now.

Turn on high heat and reduce it immediately if it starts to boil. The mixture should simmer for at least 45 minutes now, but it can also take up to 60 minutes and longer till it reaches your preferred ketchup consistency. Don’t forget to stir frequently through the whole simmering process to stop the sugar from caramelizing on the bottom of your pot.

If you are satisfied with the consistency of your homemade ketchup take it from the stove and add salt to taste.

Fill the hot mixture into jars and let them cool down a bit before you seal them. This homemade ketchup lasts up to three weeks in a refrigerator.

Variations in taste:

Tabasco sauce

Roughly chopped celery or celery salt

A teaspoon of coriander

Paprika powder

Ginger, ground


Have fun creating your own ketchup variation based on the recipe above.

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