Ketchup is ketchup, right? You can get a big bottle at any store for a couple of bucks and across brands, the flavour is basically uniform. However, ketchup is typically loaded with refined sugar or the bane of all nutrition-conscious people, high fructose corn syrup. In an effort to reduce both from my diet I tried making ketchup from scratch, replacing sugar with agave and changing its flavour by including smoked paprika and a zing of garlic.
Fair warning, this is a time sink; the cooking time alone is 10-12 hours, plan accordingly.
- 2 28oz containers Chopped Tomatoes
- 1/2 C Water
- 1/2 – 3/4 C White Vinegar
- 1/4 C Agave
- 1 T Coconut Sugar
- 1 T Smoked Paprika
- 1 t Onion Powder
- 1 t Garlic Powder
- 1 t Lava Salt (or other salt)
- 1-2 t Garlic, chopped
- 1/2 t Ground Black Pepper
- 1/4 t Celery Salt
- 1/4 t Mustard Powder
- Pinch clove powder
Put all the ingredients in a slow cooker on high. Cook uncovered for 10-12 hours, until the volume is reduced in half. Stir on the hour. Me, I couldn’t babysit this experiment for 10 hours so I did it in 5-hour session. Between session I stored it in the fridge.
Once its cooked down, taste and adjust, then cool.
Put the ketchup in a food processor and pulse 5-10 times for 10 seconds a pop, scraping down the sides as you go.
If you want the ketchup a little grainy, which was my preference, you’re done. Otherwise you can press it through a fine mesh strainer. Good luck with that and don’t wear anything white.
I imagine this stores for several weeks in a well-sealed container in the fridge, we’ll see. But it at least it will keep until I can make Sweet Potato Fries tomorrow!
You can see from the pic, the smoked paprika ketchup is darker and grainier than regular Heinz ketchup.
Its definitely not as sweet without the sugar but that is 1 C of refined sugar I will not miss. (Yes, there is 1C of sugar or high fructose corn syrup in 1 28-ounce bottle of ketchup, sheesh)
Next time I will use a less expensive chopped tomato. I love Pomi for its flavour but here it makes no difference except to make 28 ounces of ketchup cost about $11.