Make your own ketchup

In an attempt to make a vegan meatloaf a few days ago (it was…not delicious. I will try again and report back), I decided to try making my own ketchup.  A lot of the commercial brands are loaded with high-fructose corn syrup and various other preservatives (although I will admit there’s a lot more sugar free and healthy options available nowadays, which is great – just make sure to check the ingredient list) so I thought it might be fun to see if I could quickly and easily make it at home.

Now is the part where I usually get all gushy and say something like “it totally worked!” – and it did work, but I think I’ll reserve my gushiness for the recipes that turn out really awesome so I don’t lose credibility. I mean, it’s just ketchup. It tasted like ketchup, and I know the ingredients are clean and healthy, but it wasn’t like a life-changing development. (Unlike my mayonnaise – that was freakin’ cool.) So, if you are motivated to make your own ketchup (or if you run out but happen to have a can of tomato paste and some spices handy), here’s a recipe!

Homemade Ketchup

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1/2 cup

Vegan, gluten free, low fat, soy free, refined sugar free

Ingredients:

  • 1 8oz can tomato paste
  • 1/3 c. water
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pinch ground mustard (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

Directions:

  1. Combine everything in a bowl and mix until smooth. Doesn't get much easier than that!

 

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