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 homemade vegan mayo – that was freakin’ cool.)
So, if you are motivated to make your own ketchup at home (or if you run out but happen to have a can of tomato paste and some spices handy), here’s an easy recipe!
- 1 8 oz can tomato paste
- 1/3 c. water
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp salt
- pinch ground mustard optional
- 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- Combine everything in a bowl and mix until smooth. Doesn’t get much easier than that!