Have you ever thought about making your own homemade ketchup?
It’s not something that requires days of effort in the kitchen – it’s so simple that you wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.
It is of course not exactly Heinz, but close!
– Slightly sweeter in taste – and color slightly darker – but here in our house, both husband and children found the homemade ketchup as their new favorite of their otherwise beloved Heinz!
Try it yourself and see if you can convince your family that homemade ketchup is pure homemade happiness!
Ingredients: (about 2 cups)
500 g ripe tomatoes
1 small apple (peeled)
2 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice seasoning (or ground allspice)
1/3 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar (or more/less depending on how sweet you want it)
Cut the tomatoes, apples, onions and garlic in small pieces and put it into a saucepan.
Add the spices and vinegar.
Boil it all thoroughly (stir frequently!) until apples are tender.
Add the dark brown sugar and taste to see if it needs more vinegar/sugar.
Cook a few minutes until the sugar dissolves.
Blend it by using a hand blender and strain the mass through a sieve until just an approx 2-3 tbsp thick mass is left back.
If you feel its too thin, you may thicken it slightly with 1 teaspoon corn starch mixed with 2 teaspoons of cold water, and then give it a quick boil.
Pour the mixture into a scalded Jar and place in the refrigerator.
Are you convinced now??
I hope so! :o)