So a couple of weeks ago Mrs Icky and I were planning burgers for dinner when we learned there wasnt a drop of ketchup in the house and neither of us was ambitious enough to go buy some. Before I could stop myself I heard the words...."Fine! Ill make some!" escape my big mouth. Mrs Icky of course replied....." Oh sure you will!". Challenge Accepted! I searched around for some basic recipes online and found the most generally accepted basics of homemade ketchup and got at it. Played with it a little bit,added more of this and that(made it spicy/hot) and came up with a darn good result which everyone loved and was dead easy to make. Basic recipe follows....
2 (6oz) cans tomato Paste 1/2 cup white vinegar 1 rounded Tbs garlic powder 1 rounded Tbs onion powder 4 Tbs brown sugar 1 Tsp salt 2 1/2 cups water
Put it all in a saucepan,bring to a slow boil,reduce the heat and simmer to desired thickness,stirring occasionally,for about an hour?Cool and store in the fridge.
The basic recipe tastes alot like Heinz brand but I added a bit extra garlic,onion and chinese style hot chili sauce.
Family dinner tonight and burgers again so Im making more. This time a garlic and rosemary ketchup and a curry flavored batch as well. Smells awesome and will hopefully be a hit with the guests. Got some other ideas for next time including a smoky bacon flavored one!
My wife makes ketchup often because while we don't use it often, our grandkids do. We are often in a bind of needing it and having none on hand. It is my humble opinion that my wife's concoction beats all brands. -- I know when to fold 'em *ALL THE TIME!* »Team Helix
It really is good. The 2 I made yesterday came out excellent and really changes up the taste with a burger and fries. Also,its fairly inexpensive and definitely cheaper than off the shelf ketchup. 2 cans of tomato paste are under a buck and the rest of the ingredients most people with a decently stocked kitchen will have on hand. -- Just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn't mean the circus has left town. Team Helix- Folding@Home and Rosetta@Home