DIY Ketchup

Making your own organic ketchup is amazingly delicious and saves a lot of money. You can control how sweet, spicy or savory you make it. I made this ketchup using garden tomatoes, onions, brown sugar and spices. I usually try to buy organic ketchup, or ketchup with “sugar” in the ingredients list, to avoid eating high fructose corn syrup derived form GMO corn. But making your own from home grown tomatoes is even better! Yum!

Here’s how I made this:

In a saucepan, 2 tblsp olive oil, 1 large sweet onion chopped, 3-4 garlic cloves, chopped, ½ inch grated ginger, salt and pepper and sauté a few minutes. Add 5 or 6 large, chopped garden tomatoes, (or 1 can whole peeled tomatoes) 2 tblsp organic brown sugar, 2 tblsp cider vinegar, 2 allspice berries, 1 clove, fresh ground pepper, celery salt, a sprinkle of cinnamon, 1 tblsp worcestershire sauce, 2 tblsp tomato paste.

Simmer until it thickens, about 45 to 1 hour. Taste. Is it sweet enough? If not, add more brown sugar or honey.  

Strain through a food mill, or smoosh through a strainer with the back of a spoon. A food mill is much easier, I don’t use mine often, but when I do, I’m glad I have it.

Place in jars and refrigerate. Lasts up to a couple months, I think, not positive.

If you make a big batch, and want to keep it for up to a year or more, sterilize some canning jars, pour the hot ketchup into the sterilized jars, cover with sterilized lids and rings, process in a hot water bath for 25 minutes. Cool and store.

(alternate mild ketchup tip: If you are making this for kids, or if you don’t want it so spicy, leave out the ginger, allspice and clove.)

because I eat food with my ketchup (and Heinz ruined it with HFCS and GMO sugar beets.) Homemade Ketchup with Honey or Agave   Save Print Prep time 5 mins Cook time 20 mins Total time 25 mins   This quick and easy homemade ketchup recipe is made with honey or agave to make it diabetic and vegan-friendly. Author: Unknown. Adapted by Bakerette.com Recipe type: Condiments Cuisine: American Ingredients
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • ¼ cup honey or agave, or to taste**
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • ¼ to ½ cup water
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  1. Whisk together all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat and bring to a slow boil.
  2. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes; stirring often.
  3. Remove from heat and cool at room temperature. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Notes **For diabetic or vegan-friendly recipe, use agave in place of honey. **or use something else entirely because as I understand it, agave is made out of garbage**

anonymous asked:

Cooking question: live alone, work 70+hrs a week, what would you put together quickly after a long day working and studying and you just need some comfort?

Hey! I love “comfort” food, it’s the reason I’m as soft as I am. Just can’t give it up. At times, taking the time on a Sunday to prep for these things helps with a busy schedule. 

Comfort at it’s finest. Fried chicken, homemade breadcrumbs, sliced chicken breasts breaded and cooked in oil. Home made tartar sauce and ketchup for dipping.

Burgers and dutch fries: Slice the potatoes, fry them up in veg oil, meanwhile broil or grill hamburger. Slice tomatoes, avocado, lettuce and onions up. Slap it into a bun of your choice ( mine was a loaf I made).

Yes yes yes yes. I love bacon. 

Brussels, & Bacon: 1 pound of diced bacon, use the remaining bacon grease to caramelized diced onions, in another pot steam a bunch of brussels sprouts (just barely, undercook a tad) mix onions and sprouts in bacon grease. Bake a russet potato in the oven, pile the bacon/onion/brussels sprout mixture into the freshly baked potato. enjoy. 

Crisp & clean. I love salad, sometimes I just crave ‘em. Call me crazy. 

 Big old salad of mixed butter lettuce and romaine with toppings: red cabbage, avocado, cauliflower cucumber, and red pepper.  Salad dressing home made: olive oil, balsamic vinegar, white wine vinegar, flax seed oil and salt & pepper. Throw some roasted chicken on there and enjoy.

My famous among friends Chili. Proof below some photo of a batch I made at my parent’s place a couple years back. 1 pound of ground beef, 1 can dark red kidney beans, i can diced tomatoes, 1 can crushed tomatoes, 1 can chick peas, 1 orange pepper, 1 red pepper, 1 green pepper, 1 zucchini, 1 yellow squash, 1 yellow onion, 1 package of white mushrooms. Spice with red chili flakes to taste and preference. 

BREAD. Go’on with your bad self and bake up a batch, takes about an hour and a half.