Homemade Tomato Ketchup

While this blog is about cooking from scratch, I will not deny the fact that I do from time to time buy and use “convenience”, or pre-made foods. I understand how difficult it is to make every single little thing you eat from scratch, but I will tell you, that every time I DO buy something, all I think about is how much money I could save, how much healthier it could be for me, and how much tastier I could make it if I had just taken the 10 minutes to make it homemade. This especially goes for ketchup.

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Over the past decade we have learned just how bad high fructose corn syrup is for us. It’s a major factor in obesity, and it’s in just about every little thing we buy. About 5 years ago, I was shocked to learn that Ketchup is full of the stuff, as well as artificial flavorings and preservatives. The first thing I think about is kids. Ketchup is a staple for many children, and it can be such an unhealthy condiment when eaten frequently.

The recipe for ketchup that I have for you requires no cooking, and it takes literally 5 minutes to make. I like to make a big batch and can it. In a small amount of time, I can have a shelf full ready for any occasion.

If you don’t have time to can it, it will stay good in your fridge for about a month. You can also just make it by the serving. It is full of natural, healthy ingredients, and I swear it tastes practically identical. The other great thing is being able to customize it. Add some chili powder and make it spicy, for example.

To make a 16 ounce jar of ketchup, it costs me approximately $0.96 to make. If you buy a lot of ketchup, you will save a ton in the end.

As I said earlier, I have no problem with store bought ketchup, and I do buy it on occasion, but if homemade= delicous, healthy, and cheap, then to me there’s no reason to NOT make it, at least sometimes.

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Homemade Tomato Ketchup

Makes 2 Servings (Quadruple the recipe to make a jar full)

What You’ll Need: 

+ 6 Tablespoons tomato paste

+ 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar

+ 1/4 an onion, grated (or for smooth ketchup, 2 tsp. onion powder)

+ 1 clove garlic, minced (or 1 tsp. garlic powder)

+ 2 teaspoons honey (preferably raw)

+ about 1/8-1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper (to taste)

Whisk all together in a medium bowl until combined. You can serve immediately, but refrigerating will help combine the flavors a bit. Store in an air tight container (such as a mason jar). It’s THAT easy!