Friday, January 16, 2015

Homemade Tomato Ketchup

I'd be embarrassed* to tell you all of the food I like served with ketchup.
It started as a child when my mom used it to encourage me to eat different foods and, well, I guess you'd say I just never outgrew my love for ketchup.

And, apparently others like ketchup too.  It is a favorite American condiment found in 97 percent of U.S. homes.

I didn't realize how easy and inexpensive it is to make!
My daughter doesn't share my love of ketchup so when I go to her home there is a chance she might not have any. (horrors!) But her kids like it. Recently, when they had run out, my son-in-law, Josh, made a batch of homemade ketchup. It is now their favorite. 
This ketchup tastes very similar to brand-name tomato ketchup and I, being a ketchup connoisseur, think it is just right! Josh shared with me the recipe he followed to make ketchup. I modified it just a bit by adding a few more spices.

In addition to topping burgers, hot-dogs and French fries, this tangy/sweet condiment is used as an ingredient in sauces, beans and soups,
Here are a few recipes that use ketchup as an ingredient.


A Few Fun Facts:
  • The speed at which ketchup pours from a glass bottle is 0.0450km/hour, which is also the approximate speed of a garden snail. (source)
  • Nutritionally, ketchup , as well as other cooked tomato products, is a good source of the anti-oxidant lycopene. Lycopenes are beneficial in the prevention of prostate and colon cancers.
  • Ketchup is one of the few packaged foods that does not use preservatives.
What foods do you like with ketchup?  Do you call it ketchup or catsup?  
(my mother-in-law called it catsup)
* Things I like better with ketchup... hot dogs, burgers, french fries, eggs, fried chicken, grilled cheese, macaroni and cheese, hashbrowns, Philly Cheesesteak. These food immediately come to mind... there are probably more ;)

Here is a link to a fun Huffington Post article titled,
21 Foods That Should Never, Ever, Ever Be Eaten Without Ketchup


Homemade Ketchup
slightly adapted from TopSecretRecipes


Ingredients
6 ounce can tomato paste 
1/2 cup light corn syrup 
1/2 cup white vinegar 1/4 cup water 
1 tablespoon sugar 
1 teaspoon salt 
1/4 teaspoon onion powder 
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder 
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 tsp celery seed

Directions 
combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Whisk until smooth. 

When mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often. 

Remove pan from heat and cover until cool. Chill and store in a covered container.

Yields 1 1/2 cups

7 comments:

Just a little something from Judy said...

I should not be surprised, but I must tell you that I grew up with the same "ketchup" rules. My mother served ketchup with all the things you have listed, and to this day, I find myself doing the same. This was an interesting post! The French fry and ketchup picture drew me in. One of my favorite food combinations of all times!!! And to think that now I can easily make my own. Thank you for sharing that recipe.

By the way, we always pronounced it as "ketchup". Just recently the twins asked for ketchup for their mac/cheese:).

corners of my life said...

Looks delicious.
Homemade is always best.

creativityandfamily said...

great!! thanks for the recipe. My Mum did the same with me, I was a dreadfully fussy eater and now I do the same with fussy boy ... just put ketchup on it!! Could you please tell me which spices you added as I don't think Josh will like the spicier version!!

Tori Leslie said...

This looks like a great recipe. BTW, I
love ketchup on everything too!

Ann said...

I've always called it ketchup or when trying to be funny it was cat soup :)
I remember eating a lot of bologna and ketchup sandwiches when I was a kid.

Melissa Bo said...

I remember always calling it ketchup. =)

I love it on french fries and hamburgers..though I dont eat ( or cook ) as many hamburgers as I did when I was younger.

Thanks for sharing the recipe!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I made tomato jam for the first time last summer with my garden tomatoes and I know I'd love to try making homemade tomato ketchup too. I've never tried ketcup with most of the things you mentioned but hot dots, burgers, and fries absolutely. Thank you to your SIL for sharing the recipe!

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