Wednesday, September 28, 2011

homemade ketchup!

a few weeks ago i made my own homemade ketchup for my first time, and was so in love that i couldn't believe i had gone without it for so long. the flavor is so rich and delicious, and i seriously could eat this stuff by the spoonfuls! it obviously has a little different texture and taste than your regular Heinz, but i honestly feel like i never really even knew what ketchup was until i made my own! back when i made rutabaga fries i promised i would share the recipe, so sorry it's taken so long but here it is!.....

2 Tbs olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 28-oz can tomato puree
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 Tbs tomato paste
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground mustard
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp allspice
2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1. Saute onion in olive oil over medium heat until translucent [about 6-8 minutes]. Add in rest of ingredients and stir to combine. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 45-60 minutes, stirring occasionally until it gets thick like ketchup.
2. Use an immersion blender, food processor, or blender to puree the mixture until smooth.
3. Pour into container(s) and refrigerate for up to one month.
**for a more "normal" ketchup taste you'll want to use less cloves and allspice, or none at all. also, if you don't like things spicy then don't add the red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper. taste as you go along to get the right kind of flavor that you like!

P.S. i shared this ketchup recipe, along with my oven baked tin-foil dinner "recipe", in a guest post over at Whipperberry today! go here to check it out! :)


  1. mm!! Can't wait to try it :)

    your ketchup bottles are precious!

  2. I will try this some day!

    Did you make your own labels too?

  3. Yum I love homemade ketchup! I haven't tried to make it myself yet, but I think I'm going to have to soon :)

  4. @jkd yep, i just used my little letter stamps :)

  5. this is SO something I have to try! Theres a breakfast place we frequent that makes their own and it makes me so happy. I love knowing that I'm not ingesting chemicals and loads of sugar!

  6. Thanks so much for your post over at WB. It was beautiful! Adam was thoroughly impressed with your photography skills. We think all your pictures should be in a magazine :)

  7. ooooh need to try this - it looks yummy and pretty at the same time!

  8. Sounds amazing! Definitely trying this.

    ♥ sécia

  9. Yes, homeade is always so much better, reminds me of home--my Mom used to make us this ketchup-salsa hybrid that we'd just devour.

  10. yay! I'm so excited to try it! I'm loving homemade so much, and homemade ketchup sounds so delish!

  11. Yummmmyy. It sounds so good. I love ketchup way too much. Or is it fries I love too much?

  12. Oooooh! This looks like something I could try! Thanks for the recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  13. oh weird! i never even thought of making homemade ketchup before. makes sense i guess :)

  14. wow i'm seriously going to have to try this!

  15. So many ingredients... BUT! Maybe I will get my act together and try bc it sounds awesome.

  16. i've never considered making my own ketchup until this post. I am on over user of ketchup, i like fries with my ketchup not ketchup with my fries haha

  17. I'll definitely try this, sounds really good! Thanks for posting it, and I also love your whole blog! It's sooo tasteful, love the simplicity, 'Simpliciuty is the key to sucessful living!' :)


  18. I made a "tinfoil dinner" tonight with asparagus, onion, carrots, and green pepper (though unfortunately without the homemade ketchup). it was so delicious! thank you for a great fall meal :)

  19. I love love love the jars and your super cute handwriting!!!!

  20. This is on my list to do this weekend. I love the little jars you used, great idea.

  21. oooh thanks for sharing. I wanna try making this tomorrow. =) Have a happy weekend

  22. Hello Whitney,

    I have to try this recipe for my man who is American and who loves homemade ketchup (French don't even know it's possible to make it at home :) )

    I love your honey pictures and the banana pancakes. I do the same when my man is away for work, eat only what I like!

    I really enjoy your blog and will come back :)

    Have a lovely day!