Homemade Ketchup

Homemade Ketchup
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homemade ketchup

Homemade Ketchup

When my children were growing up we took teens into our home who were homeless. Mostly their parents had kicked them out. Money was always tight as they usually came with only the clothes on their backs. As a result, I made everything from scratch including Ketchup. My family loved it and we still talk about it today. Maybe I should make it for Christmas presents for them? Hmmmmmm.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 64 (2 TBSP Each)
Calories 19kcal
Author Sharon Banes


  • 1 1/2 tsp. cloves whole
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon sticks broken
  • 1 tsp. celery seed
  • 1 Cup white vinegar
  • 15 medium tomatoes
  • 1 TB. onions diced
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 1/3 tsp Red Pepper flakes
  • 4 tsp. salt


  • Place spices in saucepan
  • Add vinegar
  • Cover
  • Heat to boil
  • Let stand
  • Wash tomatoes
  • Place tomatoes in large bowl or sauce pan
  • Add onion and red pepper flakes
  • Heat to boil
  • Cook 15 minutes.
  • Stir constantly
  • Place tomatoes in food processor.
  • Add sugar
  • Blend until pureed
  • Add spice mixture
  • Heat to the boiling point
  • Cook on medium heat until you have half the mixture. Use a ruler to be accurate. Approximately 45 minutes
  • Strain and discard spices
  • Add salt
  • Simmer 30 minutes
  • Stir often to avoid burning
  • Place in hot sterilized mason jars
  • Seal immediately.


Simmer gently. Be careful to not burn it.


Serving: 2tbsp | Calories: 19kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 122mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 243IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
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While It's Cooking

I love cooking. Always have. As a busy mother of two young kids, oftentimes the best time I have to pick up a cookbook or explore a new idea is while food is cooking. Sometimes I use that time to explore more about the meal I am preparing - the food, the traditions, the culture. Sometimes I use that time to figure out what I'm going to cook next and delve deeper into ingredients and techniques to experiment with. Usually while I'm cooking my family leaves me alone in the kitchen and I can enjoy a rare moment to myself. One of my favorite times of the day is "While It's Cooking."

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