Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Homemade Ketchup

I found myself over hauling our condiments in an effort to remove high fructose corn syrup and hopefully all corn syrup from our diets. I recently bought a bottle of "natural" ketchup without high fructose corn syrup for over 4 dollars a bottle for 32 ounces. I thought "I know I can make this and cheaper."



13 1/2 cups tomatoes or 111 oz can of tomatoes (sauce, pureed or diced)
3 - 6 ounce can tomato paste
1/4 cup salt
1 cup sugar or honey
1 onion chopped
1 1/2 cups vinegar
1 Tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground mustard
additional optional spices: allspice, mustard seed, cinnamon, celery seed

Hot water canner
Large sauce pan or soup pot
Jar Lifter
Jars, lids, rims
Blender or Immersion Blender
Pour tomatoes to large sauce pan. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add in tomato paste, salt, sugar or honey, onion, vinegar, paprika, and mustard. Simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
Remove the mixture from heat.
Blend sauce with immersion blender or place hot sauce in blender until smooth.

If you are new to Boiling-Water Bath Canning, I recommend reading my tutorial on this type of canning.

Get your jars ready. Jars should be clean, can run through the dishwasher or wash in hot soapy water. Place funnel on top of jar and fill leaving 1/4 inch head space. Wipe rims of jars clean with warm wash cloth. Place lids on jars and tighten with rims.

Process in a boiling-water canner for 30 minutes. Remove jars with jar remover carefully. Place hot jars on level surface. I cover my counter top with a double layered kitchen towel and place jars on top.Using a hot pad or glove, check that the rims are tightened.

As the jars cool, you will hear a "ping" when the lid seals. Make sure all of your jars have sealed. They are sealed if the button in the middle of the lid in depressed. If you have any jars that have not sealed, you can reprocess them or store the jar in the refrigerator for use.

Makes 10 pints or 5 quarts.

You can buy a large can of tomatoes at any warehouse store or check your grocery aisle for bulk foods.

Please check with your local extension office for any changes due to altitude for times or temperatures. 
Above instructions are for elevation 1000 feet or below.