I hate to admit this, but my seven-year-old has recently entered the stage of all foods must be dipped in ketchup in order for me to eat this.
I pick my battles, so I go with it, the only problem was when we ran out of ketchup… this was an emergency situation! I did a quick Google search and learned that making my own ketchup was relatively fast and easy and I had all the ingredients on hand. Ketchup-crisis averted.
At first, I was skeptical. Would it taste as good as the brand I’ve always bought? Would it pass muster with the picky eater? To my surprise, homemade tastes far better than store-bought ketchup, and my child-tester LOVED it! Score! I haven’t bought any ketchup since.
Here’s my recipe for the best ketchup you’ll ever try (bonus: no high-fructose corn syrup):
- 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
- 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon allspice
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon molasses
- ½ teaspoon worcestershire sauce
- ½ cups water
Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan over low heat. Simmer, stirring frequently to avoid spattering, for 20 to 30 minutes or until desired consistency. Adjust the flavors as necessary, you can add up to another tablespoon of sugar or a little more worcestershire sauce to get the taste you desire. Serve and enjoy!
P.S.: Happy New Year, I hope your 2015 is happy and healthy so far! I’ve been down and out with a massive cold, but now I’m back.