What I really like about making ketchup myself is, that I can control how much sugar I want in it. A ketchup needs a hint of sweetness but not too much. However it needs to be at once savory and sweet.
- 500 g ripe tomatoes
- 1 small apple (peeled)
- 1 onion
- 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)
- First you wash and cut the tomatoes, apples (peeled), onions and garlic in small pieces and add them into a saucepan.
- Now you simply just add the rest of the ingredients except the sugar.
- Then boil it all thoroughly (stir frequently!) until the apples are tender.
- Now you add the dark brown sugar and taste to see if you need to add more vinegar, sugar or salt.
- Cook for a few minutes until the sugar dissolves.
- Finally you blend the ketchup by using a hand blender and strain the mass through a sieve until just an approx. 2-3 tbsp thick pulp mass is left back.
- If you feel that the ketchup is 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.
- Now, pour the mixture into a scalded Jar and place it in the refrigerator.
- Enjoy cold – with everything!
My recipe for homemade ketchup is a little bit darker than the branded ones, because I use brown sugar. You can use regular sugar if you prefer that.
Enjoy cold – with everything!
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