I’ve been searching for a good ketchup for a long long time. My only requirements are that it doesn’t contain 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!
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’ve gotten and used the Bionaturae Tomato Paste in the past 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 and now also in a BPA free can.
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 strain 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!