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! :)