Homemade Ketchup

by Merissa on June 11, 2012

in Recipes

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I've been searching for a good ketchup for a long long time. My only requirements are that it doesn't contain allspice or natural flavorings.

I haven't found one yet.

So I decided it's high time I just figure it out on my own. Turns out that it's much, much easier than I thought and only takes a few ingredients!

Homemade Ketchup

What You Need:

  • 3 medium tomatoes
  • 1 6-7oz jar tomato paste
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1/4 c. sugar, honey, or turbinado
  • 1 t. onion powder

Here's all you need! I got the Bionaturae Tomato Paste because it's sold in a glass jar, no worries about BPA. However if that doesn't concern you as much you can get Muir Glen brand which is cheaper.

Start by chopping up your tomatoes after you clean them up.

And simmer them in a saucepan for a few minutes. I mashed mine up as good as I could.

Add in the salt, onion powder, sugar, and tomato paste and let the mixture bubble together for about a minute.

Remove the mixture from heat and pour into the blender. CAUTION: the mixture is very hot so make sure that you have the lid on tight before you turn it on! Blend until smooth.

Return the mixture to the stove for a little while. It won't be perfectly smooth because of the seeds so if that will be a problem for your family you will want to stain them out. You can also can this up just like you would tomatoes, I'm planning on doing a big batch later this year!

Make sure you check out all the free Canning and Preserving Recipes we have on Little House Living! And don't forget to check out The Canner's Cookbook, it has recipes on how to use all your home canned goods!

I recommend a Presto Pressure Canner and the book Putting Food By for all your canning projects!


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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lana June 11, 2012 at 1:40 pm

As far as I know Muir Glen is BPA free.


2 Heather :) :) :) June 11, 2012 at 8:14 pm

This looks really good 🙂 🙂 I haven’t tried my hand at homemade ketchup up, but I”ve got two really good recipes. One is a made-from-scratch recipe…and the other is also good, but easier because it’s all from cans etc… 🙂 🙂 Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather 🙂


3 jody cowan June 12, 2012 at 2:58 pm

This looks delicious! I’m going to try making it! Thanks so much!


4 Sarah @ Nature's Nurture June 12, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Very easy! Thanks for sharing! I’m pinning this 🙂 I’d love if you came and shared this over at my blog hop – Tiny Tip Tuesday: http://naturesnurtureblog.com/2012/06/12/best-way-to-boil-cooking-water-tiny-tip-tuesday/



5 Merissa June 12, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Linking up, thanks for the invite!


6 Elise June 13, 2012 at 1:23 pm

How does the taste compare to say, Hunts ketchup or another popular brand? I’ve been looking for a ketchup recipe that tastes “just right” for a long time. Yours looks so simple!


7 kitblu June 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Looks yummy. I plan to make this ketchup and add it to ground horseradish from the plants in my yard to make cocktail sauce.


8 Kelly June 14, 2012 at 2:43 pm

How long does this keep?


9 Kellie June 15, 2012 at 7:45 am

No vinegar? I am going to try it but am wondering why there is no vinegar in it?


10 debbie August 18, 2014 at 7:34 pm

I also wondered about the vinegar,I have run across many recipes & often thought of making it,as I have a Vittorio Strainer that the only thing missing is the seeds & skins of the tomatoes,it would be an ideal start,anything is worth a try,not losing anything .


11 Erika @ HomesteadSimple June 22, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Yes could you please share with us how long it will keep? I’ve been looking for a good homemade ketchup recipe for a while now to so I’m glad to have come by yours!


12 Merissa June 22, 2012 at 9:46 pm

I would say it lasts about 2 weeks in the fridge. I froze the extras I made this time and it came out of the freezer just fine. 🙂


13 Jennifer Cain Morris August 15, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Thank you for sharing this with us. I can’t wait to try this.


14 Debbie Hill Villano August 15, 2012 at 3:36 pm

did you ever try balsamic ketchup? Yum!


15 Erin January 22, 2013 at 4:14 pm

So excited to try this…Love to have quarts on hand in my pantry…we go through LOTS of ketchup! Thanks so much for posting!


16 Hilary June 9, 2013 at 10:09 pm

You might want to try an immersion blender. It takes that extra step out of putting hot stuff into the blender and then back into the cooking pot. I use it to make my spaghetti sauce and tomato sauce and paste. You do not mention it but can this recipe for ketchup be canned with a pressure canner?


17 Merissa June 10, 2013 at 5:53 am

Check Putting Food By for canning instructions. I believe now they do want this canned with a pressure canner instead of a hot water bath.


18 Kristina & Millie July 16, 2014 at 3:51 pm

great recipe! First I have seen that didn’t call for onions and/or garlic! (onion powder is ok in moderation)


19 Julie August 21, 2014 at 12:04 pm

You could just cook down tomatoes to the consistency you want instead of using store bought tomato paste.


20 Sara October 17, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Just curious…what’s wrong with allspice?


21 Bernaditta Lilia C. Sobere October 25, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Thanks again. I think I’ll try to prepare this one one of this days. I”m looking for a recipe that has less sodium in it and I think your recipe is the one I’m looking for.


22 cynthia savage December 29, 2014 at 3:21 pm

this recipe is great thank you, kids love it, we go through alot of ketchup in this house..


23 Jean May 6, 2016 at 12:11 pm

I used to make a homemade ketchup when my girls were little from a recipe in “Whole Foods for the Whole Family” from La Leche League. It was a little spicier, more like conventional ketchup. I now longer have the cookbook as my daughter “borrowed” it. If someone could share that recipe I would send big hugs.


24 HSMatriarch May 18, 2017 at 11:45 am

Sorry if someone asked this already…can I use a lower glycemic index sweetener like SweetLeaf stevia or coconut sugar?


25 Merissa May 18, 2017 at 8:11 pm

I haven’t tried it with either but I don’t see why not.


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