Home Made Ketchup

In the spring #1 son wanted to grow his own tomatoes so that he could make ketchup in the fall. While his plants didn't produce very well and he otherwise has somewhat lost interest (for reasons to be explained below), I myself did keep the dream alive, and just made some now. Actually, I started it on Sunday morning.

OK, here is what I came up with, basically combining a few recipes that I found on-line.

I started out with tomatoes from my CSA. I'm lucky this year in that I'm the last pit-stop of his 5 pickup points. Sometimes he has buckets of "off" fruit and veggies that people can pick through if they want, in addition to their regular order. Last week he had a huge bucket of "off" tomatoes that nobody else seemed interested in, so I got the whole bucket - about 15 litres. They were mostly not "off", just imperfect. A few bad spots here and there, but not much. So I peeled and seeded them, discarding any real off spots as I went along. Oh, and they were mostly a very nice variety of different heirloom tomatoes.

I got 5 cups sauce from the above. This involved 4-5 hours of boiling down. I would estimate a little thicker than average tomato sauce, but thinner for sure than tomato paste. That's why i did not add any water which most of the recipes I found called for since they used tomato paste.

To the above I added :

  • 75 ml honey
  • 75 ml cider vinegar
  • 3 small onions (about 1 cup course chopped)
  • 5 medium cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 (measured) smidgeon ground cloves

I buzzed it with a hand blender for quite some time in the pot to get it uniform.

As mentioned above, #1 lost interest while we were making it this evening. As soon as he saw the onions go in, he just left the kitchen with all the wind taken out of his sails. I think I eventually won him back to the idea of eating it when I hauled out the bottle of ketchup in the fridge and showed him that there were onions in it. But it may be a little too soon at this point - we shall see.

It's extremely yummy! I got 6 x 250ml jars of it, which I'm just canning up now.