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Homemade Tomato Ketchup Recipe

Why buy ketchup when you can make your own at home? You can vary the ingredients with each batch, to find the perfect combination of spices for your family. And, the kids will enjoy helping to make it.


Tomato Ketchup Ingredients:

  • 9 pounds ripe tomatoes, washed

  • 3 medium onions, peeled and sliced

  • 2 large sweet red peppers, seeded and sliced

  • 2 stalks celery, strings removed, chopped

  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, crushed

  • 1 cup cider vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 Tablespoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 2 teaspoons allspice

  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves

  • 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns

  • 1 cinnamon stick broken into small pieces

Preparation  Directions:

  • Peel, stem and quarter tomatoes. Place into a large pot.

  • Add red peppers, onions and celery.

  • Cook uncovered until soft.

  • Put mixture through a food strainer.

  • Rinse out pot, then put puree back into the pot.

  • Add garlic, vinegar, mustard, sugar, salt and paprika.

  • Tie whole cloves, peppercorns and cinnamon stick in a cheesecloth and add to the pot.

  • Simmer uncovered on low heat for about 1 1/2 hour, until ketchup is the right consistency. It is important to cook off enough liquid so it is thick, not runny.

  • Remove and discard the spice bag.

  • Allow to cool.



Ketchup can be stored in three ways:

  • Pour into plastic containers or glass jars and refrigerate for short term storage.

  • Freeze in plastic containers. Refrigerate after defrosting.

  • Can ketchup in canning jars.

A Spicy Variation: For spicy Ketchup, add a hot pepper or two to step #2 above.


More Information:

More Tomato and Garden Recipes

How to Grow Tomatoes

Tomato Mania



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