Hello, Foodie Gen enthusiasts! Today, we’re diving into the world of condiments with a delightful twist – homemade ketchup. As fans of flavor exploration, did you know that ketchup traces its origins back to ancient China and evolved into the beloved tomato-based condiment we know today? Let’s embark on a journey to create a ketchup that not only tantalizes your taste buds but also adds a personal touch to your culinary creations.

Benefits of Making Ketchup at Home: Crafting your ketchup is a game-changer! Not only do you have control over the ingredients, ensuring a preservative-free delight, but the satisfaction of transforming simple components into a flavor-packed condiment is truly rewarding.


  • 2 cans (28 oz each) whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)


  1. In a large saucepan, combine tomatoes, chopped onion, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, salt, cloves, allspice, and cayenne pepper.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally until it thickens.
  3. Allow the mixture to cool slightly before blending it until smooth using a blender or immersion blender.
  4. Strain the ketchup through a fine mesh sieve to remove seeds and skin.
  5. Return the strained ketchup to the saucepan and simmer for an additional 30 minutes until it reaches your desired thickness.
  6. Let the ketchup cool completely before transferring it to jars.

Time Required: Approximately 3 hours, including preparation and cooking time.

Calories: This homemade ketchup contains about 20 calories per tablespoon, providing a flavorful and guilt-free condiment.

Benefits of Making This Recipe: Crafting ketchup at home not only ensures a fresh and preservative-free option but also allows you to tailor the flavor to your liking. Say goodbye to store-bought versions laden with additives.

Recipe Integration: Beyond the classic pairing with burgers and fries, your homemade ketchup can elevate dishes like grilled cheese, meatloaf, or even be used as a base for a unique barbecue sauce. Let your culinary creativity run wild!

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