Monday, October 24, 2011


There isn't a more American condiment than ketchup.  To be perfectly honest, I don't think I've ever had a homemade ketchup - it's always been Heinz style for me.

I got the ketchup recipe from Julie Von Rosendaal (The Family Kitchen):

drizzle of olive oil
1/2 purple onion
1 garlic clove
5 medium tomates (1.5 lbs)
7.75 oz tomato paste (half can)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup red wine or apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
pinch of dried red chili flakes

To make it, add the onion to a hot sauce pan with the olive oil.  Cook about 5 minutes and then add the garlic.  Another minutes later add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to a simmer, and let the sauce reduce for about an hour. 

Once you have a thick sauce, use a hand immersion blender to puree the sauce until smooth.

And the final product:

So how did it taste?  I have to say, it was AMAZING.  It had a little spice from the chili flakes, and it was so tomato-y tasting.  I went light on the sugar, and it was perfect.  Tasting side by side, the Heinz tasted really salty in comparison.  When we were done with our burgers and tater tots, the homemade bowl was scraped clean, and there was lots of Heinz left.

Nutrition-wise, the homemade wins, hands down.  The Heinz was made with high fructose corn syrup and has scary high sodium levels.

What about the cost?

Heinz20 oz $      2.19  $      0.11
Homemade33.8 ounces $      4.75  $      0.14

It does cost a little more to make the homemade batch, but $3 of the $4.75 was tomatoes.  If I made a couple batches of this when I make my salsa, I could easily cut that tomato cost to ~$1 and then I could can pints of ketchup for use year-round for less than store-bought.  The recipe also states you can freeze the ketchup for up to 6 months.  Too bad I didn't think of this a couple months ago during tomato season!

So - Bake or Buy? BAKE!


  1. I really want to taste this! You know how much I love ketchup!

  2. No the other Mustard, the one in the red bottle that says ketchup on it.

    Also your picture on this page makes you look like a real estate agent.


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