Monday, August 16, 2010

Homemade Ketchup - well worth the effort

For those of you that have done all the tomato sauce you need and want to do something a little different - this is the ticket! Homemade ketchup is completely different from store bought, for one thing - no corn syrup, and for another it never seems to come out the same way twice! It's got a spicy sweetness that makes it special - but since it makes a small amount - keep it for special occasions or just don't let your kids dumb the whole thing on their fries. It's gold baby.

Ketchup makes 2 bottles and 2 small jars

1 large onion
1 small bulb fennel
couple tablespoons olive oil
1 inch piece ginger
4 cloves garlic
1 small hot fresh chili
2 whole cloves or 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon coriander
1 small bunch of basil (separate the stalks & reserve leaves for later)
3 pounds roma tomatoes, cut in half
1 pound cherry tomatoes (you can use all romas but this gives it an extra punch and sweetness)
1 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar

Roughly chop the onion and fennel and saute in olive oil until soft - about 20 min. Add roughly chopped ginger, garlic, chili, cloves, coriander and the chopped stalks of the basil and saute another 5 min. Pour in tomatoes, vinegar and sugar and cook for an hour. Add the rest of the basil leaves then using a hand blender (or standing blender if you don't have one - just don't fill all the way or you'll be cleaning ketchup off the ceiling) puree the whole thing. Then put the mixture through the large holes of a food mill s&p to taste and then pour into small jars and water bath can them for 10 min or pour into sterile jars (don't sterilize this kind in the oven - see my next post!) and refrigerate. Serve to discerning gourmands.


  1. Next time we come, I'd like a jar of this. Have you ever considered making Mother's mango chutney?

  2. I will save a jar especially for you! Considering it would probably kill my husband to eat the mango chutney - no, haven't made it. He's allergic to mangos- and chutney has never been a favorite of mine since I hate raisins!

  3. I forgot about his alergy. Keep it in mind if you ever want to get rid of him. I was her very best recipe.

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  5. yummy yummy yummy. I made ketchup for the first time this past weekend. And I am sold. It's delicious. I think I will make another batch in the coming week. I follow along with the canjam. Here's my August entry:

  6. This is amazing. Not like anything you've had out of a supermarket bottle. Sweet, tangy and spicy. Just calling for a burger with sharp cheddar.

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