Our simple, step-by-step tutorial teaches you how to make great ketchup at home using a method that starts with tomato paste.

This blog offers all the instructions you need to produce delicious, healthy ketchup that is free from preservatives and artificial flavors, from the ideal spice combination to the ideal consistency.

Learn the advantages of producing your ketchup, then wow your loved ones with your culinary prowess. Prepare to enjoy your homemade ketchup on all of your favorite foods by dipping, spreading, and savoring!

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Tomato ketchup is unquestionably one of the most famous and versatile sauces in the world. Tomato ketchup, or tomato sauce as it is known in many different areas of the world, is popular with people of all ages. Nearly anything pairs well with ketchup, and it is delicious!

Tomato ketchup is a sauce with a sweet and sour flavor that is prepared with tomato paste, seasoning, and spices. I prefer to prepare this homemade ketchup with simple, basic ingredients. Onion powder, garlic powder, celery, salt, and cayenne are my favorite seasonings and spices. Both vinegar and apple cider vinegar are acceptable, but I have used lemon juice.

I prefer tomato paste. In some recipes, canned tomatoes are used to make homemade ketchup. Some people use fresh tomatoes.  Although it requires a little more work, it’s worthwhile. Nothing compares to the flavor and fresh taste of fresh tomato sauce.

Homemade ketchup is a favorite in my household. We adore ketchup with hamburgers, French fries, and so many other foods. Try this recipe if you’ve never attempted to make ketchup at home. You won’t ever want to buy store-bought ketchup again, I guarantee!

 

Why I Love This Recipe?

  • All the ingredients for making homemade ketchup are likely already in your pantry if you follow this method!
  • Very little active cooking is required, as most of the time in this dish is spent waiting for things to happen.
  • This is handy because you can keep it for three to four weeks in the refrigerator; unlike some homemade recipes, which require you to make a new batch every week.

Homemade Ketchup Vs Store Bought

Ketchup from the store is much sweeter to our taste and contains extra corn sugar, preservatives, and artificial flavoring.

The best thing about making my ketchup is that I always know exactly what goes into it. Homemade ketchup is very adaptable. This homemade ketchup is free of corn syrup, artificial flavors, and preservatives, so I can appreciate it. It is 100 percent unadulterated natural!

Benefits Of Tomato Ketchup:

Tomato ketchup is an excellent sauce because it adds taste and is also packed with beneficial nutrients. Let’s check its nutrient content:

  • Vitamin C is essential for your defense system and is found in tomatoes.
  • Vitamin A is abundant in ketchup and is necessary for skin cancer prevention as well as good ocular health.
  • Vitamins B6 and B12, found in ketchup, play a role in nerve activity and energy metabolism.
  • Antioxidants found in tomatoes may help shield your cells from harm brought on by free radicals.
  • Tomatoes and ketchup also aid in weight reduction, which is one of their additional advantages. Fibre from tomatoes is an excellent source for lowering belly fat.
  • Lycopene, a potent antioxidant, is present in only a small number of fruits, including tomatoes.

Ingredients:

  • Tomato paste: You may use fresh tomatoes instead.
  • Water: After mixing everything, we’ll lower the water to make the ketchup thicker.
  • Lemon juice: Lemon juice is added for extra sharp flavor like that of tomato ketchup, it also adds extra Vitamin C.
  • Maple syrup: For that distinctive ketchup richness! Contrary to the ingredient lists on bottled ketchup, these few ingredients are all you need to obtain the classic ketchup flavor.
  • Onion powder: The addition of onion powder to the ketchup will give it a more savory flavor.
  • Garlic powder: Garlic powder gives it a richer flavor.
  • Salt: Add for
  • Celery Salt: A seasoned salt, celery salt is often used to add flavor to the cuisine.
  • Clove: The flavor of this spice will affect the tomato mixture, adding not only a lovely aroma but also significantly enhancing the flavor.
  • Cayenne Pepper: Cayenne pepper adds a kick to the ketchup that you’ll like.

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How To Make Tomato Ketchup?

  1. In a medium-sized saucepan, combine tomato paste, water, lemon juice, maple syrup, onion powder, garlic powder, celery salt, clove, cayenne pepper, and salt. Stir until well combined.
  2. Place the saucepan on medium heat and bring the mixture to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it thickens and reduces in volume.
  4. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the mixture cool down to room temperature.
  5. Transfer the ketchup to a jar or container and store it in the refrigerator for up to one week.
  6. Your homemade ketchup with maple syrup is ready to enjoy!

Uses Of Tomato Ketchup

We already know that tomatoes are a versatile ingredient. There are different ways to enjoy its sweet and sour flavor. Here is how to use this delicatessen.

  • As a dip: The most popular use for tomato sauce is as a dip. Ketchup can be used to add flavor to a variety of tasty snacks, including samosas, french fries, filled balls, and more.
  • As a dressing, ketchup can improve the look of healthy meals. Some well-known salads, including the Russian salad, the Italian pasta salad, and the thousand island salad, can be dressed with tomato sauce.
  • As a topping: Spreading ketchup on your favorite Italian dishes, such as pizza and pasta, is one of the best methods to use ketchup. Burgers can also be topped with it.
  • You must have tried the recipe that requires ketchup as an ingredient to improve its flavor. Ketchup is a common ingredient in many Chinese recipes, including noodles, fried rice, manchurian, and others.
  • As a flavorful blend: Combining ketchup with other sauces produces a new flavor that’s impossible to resist. Barbecue sauce, roasted red pepper ketchup, sweet and sour sauce, and red remoulade are a few instances of such exquisite blends.

Storage

Tomato ketchup can be preserved by refrigerating it. Sterilize the bottle or container you use to keep it. Submerge the container in boiling water for 5 to 10 minutes, and then ensure that it is completely dry before storing the ketchup in it. If the ketchup is stored, it will last for 3–4 weeks.

Pro Tips

  • Because it is homemade so to suit your preferences, adjust the salt, lemon juice, garlic, seasonings, and sweetness.
  • Tomato ketchup will keep for an extended period if it is stored in its original container. Additionally, a condiment bottle makes it simple to drizzle ketchup over snacks.
  • Whenever you serve, use a clean spoon.

Variations

  • Curry ketchup: to make your own, all you need to do is add curry powder.
  • Spiced ketchup: Other dry or liquid seasonings, such as Worcestershire sauce, allspice, and other spices, can also be added to ketchup for a variety of flavors.
  • Hot Ketchup: You can increase the amount of chili sauce or sriracha in hot ketchup to make it spicier.
  • Italian Style: You can add fresh Italian herbs like rosemary, basil, oregano, or thyme for a Mediterranean variation.
  • Fruity: Fruit purée or compote can be used to sweeten ketchup to give it a fruity flavor.
  • Consistency: You can use an immersion mixer, a blender, a food processor, or another blending device to make the ketchup smooth and creamy.
  • Sweetness: You can adjust the sweetness by adjusting the amount of maple syrup, agave syrup, date syrup, or other sugar.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Skip Garlic In This Recipe, Since I Don’t Eat Onion/Garlic?

You can omit the garlic, of course. Keep the other ingredients in the same proportions. As a substitute for garlic, you can add about ¼ teaspoon of asafoetida (hing), but it is optional.

Can I Freeze The Sauce And How Long Would It Stay Good?

You can freeze the sauce. The tomato sauce will remain fresh for a few months if frozen.

Is This Ketchup Vegan?

Yes. This recipe qualifies as vegan because none of the components contain any animal products.

What Is the Difference Between Tomato Sauce And Ketchup?

Ketchup is a type of table sauce made from tomatoes, while a sauce is a component that is either semi-liquid or liquid and is used to add flavor and moisture to the food. While ketchup is primarily produced with tomatoes and vinegar, the sauce is made up of several ingredients, including different seasonings and flavors.

Is This Recipe Completely Sugar-Free?

Instead of using table sugar, this recipe asks for maple syrup. This ketchup contains less sugar per dose than standard ketchup, which has 4 grams per tablespoon (Tbsp).

Other Homemade Sauces

  1. Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce
  2. Chimichurri Sauce
  3. Curry Simmer Sauce
  4. Tamarind Sauce
  5. Creamy Asian Dressing
  6. Vegan Cilantro Lime Dressing
  7. Vegan Mayo
  8. Tzatziki Sauce
  9. Vegan Sour Cream
  10. Healthy Pizza Sauce

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How To Make Ketchup From Tomato Paste

Our simple, step-by-step tutorial teaches you how to make great ketchup at home using a method that starts with tomato paste.
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How To Make Ketchup From Tomato Paste
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 58kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 6 oz can of tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 6 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 clove
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch Cayenne Pepper

Instructions

  • In a medium-sized saucepan, combine tomato paste, water, lemon juice, maple syrup, onion powder, garlic powder, celery salt, clove, cayenne pepper, and salt. Stir until well combined.
  • Place the saucepan on medium heat and bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until it thickens and reduces in volume.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the mixture cool down to room temperature.
  • Transfer the ketchup to a jar or container and store it in the refrigerator for up to one week.
  • Your homemade ketchup with maple syrup is ready to enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 58kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.04g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.002g | Sodium: 295mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.1mg