Homemade Ketchup with tomato sauce

                                                                        

        Homemade Ketchup

                                                                             
Homemade Ketchup


Introduction

Ketchup is a condiment that's been around for centuries. It was originally made from fermented fish, but now it's more commonly made with tomatoes and spices.
It's easy to make at home, and you can control what goes into your ketchup!

Ingredients and Equipment
Tomatoes

Vinegar (white or apple cider)
Sugar, if desired

Spices of your choice (see below for suggestions)
You'll also need:

Food processor or blender (optional)
Large pot with lid

Your ketchup can be as simple or complex as you like. The basic ingredients are tomatoes, vinegar, sugar and spices--but there are lots of ways to add interest to this basic recipe by experimenting with different types of tomatoes and other flavorings.

Making the Ketchup
To make the ketchup, you will need:

Tomatoes (about 2 pounds)
1 cup of vinegar (white or apple cider)
1 tablespoon of salt (or to taste)
2 cups sugar (or to taste)
The following steps will guide you through the process:
Tips and Tricks
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Ingredients

 24 hours
 1 pint
2 pounds brown mushrooms
3 tablespoon salt
2 leafs Bay leaves
1 medium onion chopped
1 zest of a lemon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 tablespoon ground Horseradish
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1/4-1/2 cup cider vinegar

There are several recipes available for homemade ketchup. One recipe from Tastes Better From Scratch [1] requires tomato paste, tomato sauce, brown sugar, granulated sugar, apple cider vinegar, water, salt and pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and cinnamon. To make the ketchup, all the ingredients are combined in a medium saucepan over medium heat and stirred well.

Another recipe from Allrecipes [2] starts with crushed tomatoes, vinegar, and other kitchen staples. To make this recipe, you would need tomatoes, vinegar, brown sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and allspice.

A third recipe from Masterclass [3] calls for very ripe tomatoes, garlic, shallots, and apple cider vinegar. The ingredients are combined and simmered for about an hour and a half.

A fourth recipe from The Pioneer Woman [4] requires olive oil, garlic, onion, peeled whole tomatoes, tomato paste, brown sugar, molasses, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, powdered ginger, allspice, and cinnamon.

Finally, Inspired Taste [5] offers a recipe for seriously good homemade ketchup, which calls for crushed red pepper flakes, allspice, tomato paste, whole tomatoes, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, salt, and black pepper.


Adjust the sweetness. Ketchup is a condiment, and you can use it on anything from burgers to fries to eggs. If you're looking for a sweet ketchup, this recipe will be perfect for you! But if you want something more savory and spicy, try adding some herbs and spices like cumin or chili powder.

Experiment with different vinegars. Vinegar adds acidity to ketchup that balances out all that sugar--it also gives it an extra kick in flavor! Try using apple cider vinegar instead of white wine vinegar; balsamic vinegar instead of white wine vinegar; red wine vinegar instead of white wine vinegar...you get the picture! You'll never run out of options when it comes to choosing which type of vinegar works best with your favorite homemade ketchup recipes (or any other recipe).

Add garlic and onion powder for added flavor without having actual chunks in your sauce (if that's not what floats your boat).
Variations

Smoky ketchup: Replace 1/2 cup of the tomato paste with 2 tablespoons molasses, 1 teaspoon liquid smoke and 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika.

Spicy ketchup: Add 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce and 2 teaspoons minced garlic to the recipe above.
Sweet and sour ketchup: Add 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice (or both) plus a pinch each of salt and pepper to the recipe above.

Green ketchup: Add 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives or scallions; 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley; 1 tablespoon dill weed; 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce; 1 clove minced garlic; dash ground black pepper along with other ingredients in original recipe above.

Mango Ketchup Recipe - Cut up 6 ripe mangoes into small pieces then add them into your food processor with all other ingredients except for cornstarch slurry which should be added last so it doesn't get too thick! Pulse until smooth then pour into jars & refrigerate overnight before serving!
Storing and Serving
Storing
Homemade ketchup should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will keep for up to 2 weeks, or you can freeze it for up to 3 months. If you're using a jar, place a piece of plastic wrap over the surface of your homemade ketchup before screwing on the lid so that no moisture gets into it while in storage.

Serving Suggestions

Ketchup is delicious on burgers and hot dogs (and pretty much anything else), but there are so many other ways to use this condiment! Try adding some spice by mixing ketchup with Sriracha sauce or adding some sweetness by mixing it with honey or brown sugar before serving over french fries or tater tots for an extra special treat!

Troubleshooting

If your ketchup is too thick, it may be due to the type of tomatoes you used or how long you cooked them. If the tomatoes are overripe and mushy, they will make your ketchup thicker than usual. You can try adding more water or vinegar to thin out your sauce.
If your ketchup is too thin, try cooking it longer until it reduces and thickens up a bit more--this should help thicken up the consistency without changing its flavor too much!

If you're looking for a sweeter flavor profile in your homemade ketchup recipe but don't want to add sugar directly into the mix (which would result in an overly sweet taste), consider using honey instead! Honey has a natural sweetness that can enhance other flavors while still allowing them shine through as well; just remember not use too much because then again this could lead back towards having an overly sweet taste profile rather than enhancing one already present within each bite taken out of our homemade creations!

Health Benefits

Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that can help prevent heart disease and cancer.
Lycopene is also known for its ability to fight free radicals--the harmful molecules that cause cell damage and lead to aging.
Vinegar contains acetic acid, which can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It's also a natural antiseptic that helps kill harmful bacteria in your body.
Herbs and spices like basil add flavor without adding calories or fat!

Conclusion
Ketchup is one of the most popular condiments in America.
It's also one of the easiest to make at home, with just a few ingredients.
You can save money by making ketchup yourself, especially if you use organic tomatoes or grow your own vegetables.
Resources
The following resources can help you find the best ketchup recipe for your needs:

                                                       


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