August 18, 2013

Homemade (Paleo) Ketchup

Homemade (Paleo) Ketchup

Ok guys, I’ll be honest, I've been on a DIY condiments kick lately.
It started with (paleo) Sriracha a couple of weeks ago. I had wayyyy too much fun making it, it was wayyyy too delicious and I enjoyed wayyy too much success. Who knew?
So It was only a matter of time before I would try making another condiment. I picked ketchup, arguably the most popular sauce in the whole world (I mean, duh).

Tomato Paste
Nowadays I like ketchup but as a kid I LOVED ketchup. What kid doesn’t love ketchup btw?
Amazing how I used to put ketchup on everything. Eggs, grilled cheese, tuna melt; one time with my friend Eric we even slathered with ketchup my grandma’s vanilla cake. You know, instead of chocolate frosting. It was disgusting, be we felt like real badasses.
I remember I used to argue with my mum that ketchup should count as veggie, because of the tomato.But she never bought into that reasoning, she was strict as a sergeant-major when it came for her kids to eat veggies. 5 servings per day, no shortcuts, no excuses.

Homemade (Paleo) Ketchup

Ketchup is not bad per se, it's made with tomatoes, vinegar, sugar, salt, and spices However, most of all the more notorious brands available on the market are full of high fructose corn syrup.
On top of that some brands have additives, while others have colorants; then there’s the recurrent “natural flavors” term, which may include all sort of shady stuff. 
That's why making (paleo) ketchup at home makes so much sense. You know precisely what goes in, no surprises. Plus it’s so easy and quick. In a lil over 20 minutes you can make the most delectable ketchup ever. So tasty and delicious, it will knock your socks off. Trust.

Homemade (Paleo) Ketchup

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Ingredients 
Makes a little over 1 cup of ketchup

½ cup + 2 tablespoons / 6 oz / 170 gr organic tomato paste
¼ cup / 3 oz / 85 gr raw organic honey (or maple syrup)
⅓ cup / 80 ml water
⅓ cup / 75 ml apple cider vinegar
¾ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 garlic clove
½ small onion

Directions

Using a food chopper, a garlic press or a sharp knife puree garlic and onion (not chopped, not minced, pureed). If you’re not sure how to do it, watch this video. This is very important because you don't want any bits in your ketchup, it has to be smooth as silk.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat combine tomato paste, honey, water, apple cider vinegar, salt, garlic and onion. Whisk until very smooth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let gently simmer for 20 minutes, stirring every so often. The sauce will thicken and the flavors will bind.
Remove from the heat, cover with a lid and let cool at room temperature.
Once cool, transfer to an airtight container and keep in the fridge.

Nutrition facts

The whole batch of homemade (paleo) ketchup score 423 calories, 1 gram of fat, 106 grams of carbs and 8 grams of protein.

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15 comments:

  1. How long do you think it will stay good in the refrigerator? I love homemade ketchup but the issue is usually they cant be stored for more than a week in the refrigerator.

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    1. I made the ketchup about two weeks ago, and it's still in my fridge safe and sound.
      But I'll make sure to post an addendum to the recipe if (and when) it goes bad.

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  2. I always wanted to make ketchup at home but never dared to. Maybe this time I'll give it go (finally!)

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  3. Are those sweet potatoes fries??? OMG, my favorite...

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    1. Kinda, they're Crispy Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries. I'll post the recipe on Wednesday. Stay tuned!

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  4. how do you go about making tomato paste? I don't think buying canned paste, could justify the effort or cost, of trying ti make ketchup

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    1. I bought organic tomato paste at WholeFoods for a little over $1, which I thought was a good bargain.
      As to the effort, I think it's definitely worth making it at home. The results are outstanding!

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  5. Looks incredible and those sweet potatoes fries...YUM!

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  6. I've still got to try your sriracha and you have yet another great recipe here. Home made is the best, we get to control what goes in and tastes way better.

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  7. Just how do you do it, Mike, seriously? You got me wanting to make ketchup and I don't even like ketchup! In fact, people who know me know that if they want to insult me big time when they eat at my table, all they need to do is ask for ketchup!

    But this? This looks yummy!

    I still think that it would probably ruin the fries (they look so incredibly good on their own) but I can definitely see myself using this in meatballs or meatloaf recipes, or as a base for barbecue sauces and marinades, etc.

    That's it. I just convinced myself that I NEED to make a batch of homemade ketchup. You must be a wizard, or something! ;)

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  8. I have been looking for a DIY ketchup recipe so can't wait to try this! Going to make condiments this weekend....Thanks!

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  9. I never thought I'd be making my own ketchup, but once I woke up and actually looked at the ingredients on the store-bought stuff... ick! It was easy to make and tastes good too! Thanks for sharing how you make it!

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  10. Hi Mike, just wondering if you had a recipe that used fresh tomatoes rather than the paste? Thanks

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    1. Not really but I have a recipe to make tomato paste from fresh tomatoes: Tomato Paste
      Hope this helps!

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  11. Have you tried upping this batch and canning it? Just wondering how that would turn out. Great post and I like the idea of using paste instead of whole tomatoes.

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