Homemade ketchup rocks, and it’s easy to make too!
What childhood is complete without oodles of ketchup??
This is simply one item you cannot remove from a child’s diet. Kids want to feel normal when “hangin’ out” with their friends, regardless of their age. So asking them to pass on the ketchup when all their friends are chowing down on the stuff with a bucket of fries is pretty unreasonable.
So with this scenario in mind, I set out to create my own ketchup recipe. While it may not be the “corn syrup-laden Heinz Ketchup” brand, it comes close enough to put a smile on my son’s face. In fact, his favorite way to eat it is with apples!
Yes, I have a strange child. But he’s just so gosh darn cute that I find it an easy “quirk” to overlook as long as I get a smile like that any day.
HOW LONG DOES HOMEMADE KETCHUP LAST?
So a batch of this doesn’t last long around here, but I’ve had it last as long as 3 weeks. Just to be safe, however, I would say don’t keep it over 2 weeks.
CAN YOU FREEZE HOMEMADE KETCHUP?
Yes, you can! While ketchup will only last about 2-3 weeks in the fridge, you can make a big batch and freeze it up to 6 months!
HOW TO THICKEN HOMEMADE KETCHUP
If your ketchup is too runny, I promise it’ll be okay. You can use a little bit (about 1 tbsp.) or organic cornstarch or arrowroot powder (my personal favorite). But don’t just stir it into your ketchup! You’ll want to dissolve it in a bit of water first. Once it’s totally dissolved, you can add it to your ketchup.
MORE HOMEMADE CONDIMENTS:
HOMEMADE KETCHUP RECIPE:
- 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce, no sugar added
- 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste, no sugar added
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1/2 tsp. paprika
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. allspice
- 1/4 tsp. cloves
- salt to taste
- Using a large mixing bowl, whisk all ingredients together until smooth.
- Allow to sit in the fridge overnight to give flavors time to meld.
Recipe updated 11/3/17.