In my quest to have the best tasting foods at a fraction of the cost, I have started making some of my own pantry staples. Ketchup was one of the last things on my list to try because I can usually get it at a good price and my people eat so much of it that I usually have 3-4 bottles stockpiled in the pantry. Then it happened. We ran out. I have no idea how it happened. In the 5 years we have been here I don’t think we’ve ever run out of ketchup. But, this gave me a good opportunity to try out a homemade version.
I didn’t have all of the vegetables on hand to make a “from scratch” version so I opted to try the faster, more accessible recipe this time. I assure you it is tasty.
Homemade Ketchup Recipe
- 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 teaspoon white pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons molasses
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 2-1/2 cups water
Mix all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir frequently. Once incorporated, simmer for 40 minutes to an hour until it thickens to the consistency of ketchup. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary.