Homemade ketchup in just 3 steps – Easy, rich in flavour and definitely healthier than the store-bought version. Plus it’s naturally vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free.
**This post was originally published in August 2016 and updated with more info**
Probably the most famous sauce in the world, ketchup is super versatile and can be used in a lot of different recipes.
Obviously, the best way to enjoy it is with french fries together with some good homemade mayonnaise.
An all-time-favorite among kids and grown-ups, ketchup is a staple for so many dishes, just think about chunky hot chips, hot dogs or burgers.
They just wouldn’t taste the same without a good dose of ketchup.
But have you ever tried making your own homemade ketchup?
Homemade Ketchup vs Store-bought
Store-bought ketchup contains some ingredients that I tend to avoid, such as high-fructose corn syrup and a list of preservative.
Homemade ketchup, on the other hand, is cheaper, contains only a bunch of natural ingredients and spices, it takes very little effort to make, tastes so much better and it’s definitely a better choice for you.
Some pretty good reasons to choose to make your own ketchup over buying it!
Two ways to make homemade ketchup
There are a lot of variations on the original ketchup recipe, which involve the use of various spices or different kinds of vinegar.
I try to keep it as simple as possible, using only few ingredients and just the basic spices.
Over the years I’ve tried both the slow-cooked version, which remains a little bit thicker and grainy, and the quick no-cooking version, where all you need to do is throw the ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.
Although the latter is quick and effortlessly easy, the slow-cooked homemade ketchup uses canned tomatoes instead of paste and delivers much more flavour.
If you have a little more time on hand, give the slow-cook version a try and you won’t be disappointed!
Homemade Ketchup (slow-cooking version)
Yeld: Makes about 3 cups
Total time: about 1 hour
2lb (800gr) Plum canned Tomatoes, blended until creamy
1 Onion, medium and finely chopped
2 tbsp Extra virgin Olive Oil
3 oz (80gr) brown sugar
1 tsp Salt
4 fl oz (120ml) white vinegar
1 tbsp Tomato paste
1 tsp Cinnamon powder
1 tsp Black Pepper powder
grated nutmeg and chilli…