This Homemade tomato ketchup recipe is easy to make with just a few ingredients. You can skip the added preservatives and save money with this easy homemade ketchup recipe with fresh tomatoes.
Why This Recipe
This simple homemade ketchup recipe is incredibly easy and is made with fresh tomatoes and just a few ingredients. You can make this homemade ketchup recipe without high fructose corn syrup.
This is great recipe to use your garden tomatoes.
You can change up the homemade version to your and your family's tastes. The result is a delicious and easy homemade ketchup that is perfect for everything from hamburgers and hot dogs to french fries and onion rings. It adds such a great flavor to many dishes.
By making your own with whole tomatoes, you can keep the recipe to simple ingredients and save money while at it. If you have not yet tried to make your ketchup with your own tomatoes, I say give it a try! The whole process only takes about 1 ½ hours.
This easy ketchup recipe also makes a nice gift idea for friends. Just double or triple the recipe and place contents into cute jars with lids.
Ingredients For Homemade Tomato Ketchup
This recipe only requires a few ingredients.
Tomatoes - I like using whatever variety is on sale. You can also use a variety of tomatoes, just make sure they are fresh ripe tomatoes.
Garlic - White sugar.
Apple Cider Vinegar- use regular or generic.
Brown Sugar - light or dark.
Spices -allspice, ginger, nutmeg, salt and black pepper.
Equipment and Kitchen Tools Needed
- Large stockpot or large saucepan
- Masher or high powered blender
- Fine Mesh strainer
- Plastic or wooden spoon
- glass jar or mason jar
How to Make Homemade Ketchup with Fresh Tomatoes
- Wash tomatoes and place in a large pot with
- Cook tomatoes on medium heat uncovered in a large stock pot for 10-15 minutes.
- Mash the tomatoes down while they are cooking.
- Add seasoning and spices and bring to a boil.
5. Strain tomato mixture through a mesh strainer into a smaller pot.
6.Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until thick, stirring occasionally, for about an hour. Puree in a food processor or blender. This makes a delicious homemade ketchup!
This recipe makes a small batch, but you can make a bigger batch and can then in pint jars for later.
Pro Tips and Timesaver Shortcuts
- You can also use an immersion blender for this recipe
- You can store the syrup in a plastic squeeze bottle for easy use.
- Store in an airtight container.
- For a sweet ketchup you can add a little more brown sugar.
Can I use Tomato Paste to Make ketchup?
Yes, you can substitute tomato paste for the tomato sauce mixture. You can also use pureed tomatoes, just skip the first 3 steps outlined above. Add the spices and cook for about one hour.
Can I add Spices to this Homemade Ketchup Recipe?
Yes, you can make spicy tomato ketchup by adding a pinch or two of cayenne pepper or a couple of splashes of hot sauce to this recipe. You can add some worcestershire sauce for a more tangy sauce.
Can I make homemade Ketchup in a Slow Cooker?
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Homemade Tomato Ketchup
- 2.5 pounds tomatoes
- 1 clove garlic
- ½ shallot diced
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon ginger
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon allspice
- Cook tomatoes on medium heat uncovered in a large stock pot 10-15 mins Mash them to help them cook down.
- Strain through a mesh strainer into a smaller pot for a tomato sauce.
- Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until thick, stirring occasionally, about an hour. Puree in a food processor or blender
- Transfer to jars to cool.
- Ketchup will keep for up to 2 weeks in the fridge
- White vinegar can be used in lieu of apple cider vinegar, but it will have more of a tang, this can be balanced with added sugar.
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It looks so good! I like it not.. neon red. I never even considered that we could make it ourselves.