Homemade Ketchup (or Catsup)

homemade ketchup



For some reason, my daughter has been keen for me to make homemade ketchup. I’m not sure why exactly, but I figured what the heck. Little did I know that it was easier said than done. I actually tested several recipes before finding a ketchup that I thought tasted good enough to make it worth the effort to make it at home.

First lesson learned was that, if you want the texture of commercial ketchup, you have to start with tomato paste and not fresh or canned tomatoes. My first few efforts started with canned tomatoes and the result was more akin to tomato sauce than ketchup.

Second less learned was to be careful about your spices. If you’re used to commercial ketchup, which is lightly spiced, you’re probably not going to like a ketchup with a lot of allspice in it (actually, I didn’t mind the added spice nearly as much as the daughter did. She turned her nose up at it after the first taste).

So after testing several recipes, here it is – the recipe that delivered a really good homemade ketchup with the consistency and taste that we’re used to, without the extra stuff that’s in the commercial variety.


Adapted from an Instructables recipe

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  4. It really was very good, Ninette (and very easy!) Funny you should stop by. I enjoyed reading your Tikka Masala recipe just yesterday!

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