By Nikki Willhite
I received a request from a reader for a recipe for homemade
ketchup. To truly make ketchup from scratch, a person would have to grow their
own tomatoes, cut them into little pieces, boil them down, run the juice through
a sieve, and then add the rest of the ingredients.
However, I place that right along spinning your own wool, or
making your own soap. If you have the inclination, great. Most of us just don't
want to go that far.
It is much easier to start out with some tomato paste, thin it
slightly with water and add the sugar, and spices.
Here are the basics
1 Can Tomato Paste
1/4 Cup Water
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon Cumin
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cloves
2 Tablespoons Cider Vinegar
Mix together, cover and refrigerate. Remember that when you make
things from scratch, they don't have as many preservatives (good and bad). You
are going to have to use it up in a month or so.
For those of you who wish to pursue this, here is a URL to find
recipes for many varieties of ketchup, previously unknown to me! They include:
Green Tomato Ketchup
Traditional Tomato Ketchup
Ketchup Sauce Mushroom Ketchup
Smokey Tomato Ketchup Tomato
Apple Ketchup Cumin-Chipotle Ketchup
Tomatoless Ketchup Roasted Ketchup