Brett, my husband, is in love with Heinz Ketchup…and I don’t blame him! We grew up on it and it’s sweet and delicious and gives us so many nostalgic memories when we eat it. However, once I started learning more about nutrition and how important it is to read ingredient labels, I quickly discovered that Heinz Ketchup–as well as so many other store bought ketchups–contain High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). Now, I know eating a little bit of HFCS isn’t going to kill me. To be honest, if Heinz Ketchup is the only ketchup available, I’ll still eat it. BUT, if I can choose a ketchup that is a little more natural, then I’m all about that. We love the Annie’s Organic Ketchup and would usually buy that in America before moving to China. Here in China, however, most of the ketchups that we like are imported from America and still contain HFCS. So I became determined to make a homemade, easy ketchup recipe that Brett would be willing to eat and actually enjoy!
I really can’t believe how easy ketchup is to make at home. If we lived in the states, I think I would still make this homemade ketchup because it took all of 20 minutes to whip up and makes quite a large batch that will last for a long time in the fridge. I didn’t want to buy any extra ingredients to make this ketchup recipe, because I figured it could be done with the items I already had in my pantry. And I was right! All you really need to make homemade ketchup is tomato paste, sugar, vinegar and some seasonings. I’m so happy with this ketchup recipe and Brett loves it too! It will definitely be a staple in our fridge from now on. I love saving glass bottles from salad dressings that we’ve previously finished off and reusing them for my homemade salad dressings and condiments. How fun does this homemade ketchup look in a simple glass bottle?!
Okay, okay. I know. I’m easily pleased.
Other Delicious Condiments:
In case ketchup isn’t your thing, be sure to check out some of my other favorite condiments and sauces below!
I do hope you guys can give this easy ketchup recipe a try. We’ve been loving it on homemade veggie burgers, buddha bowls, Oil Free Baked Sweet Potato Fries, etc!
Please let me know if you give this easy ketchup recipe a try and what you think. Leave a comment down below, rate the recipe and be sure to share it with others! As always, I love to see what recipes of mine you all are recreating, so be sure to snap a pic of the final product and tag @theconscientiouseater on Instagram so I can see the final product!
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- 12 oz. tomato paste (two 6 oz. jars or 340 grams)
- ¼ cup cane sugar
- ¼ cup water, plus more if needed
- 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- 1½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- dash cinnamon
- pinch nutmeg
- In a saucepan, stir together all of the ingredients until combined and bring everything to a simmer.
- Allow the ketchup to simmer, while stirring often, for about 5-10 minutes until the sugar has dissolved and everything is well combined.
- If the ketchup is too thick, you can add more water 1 tablespoon at a time until it reaches your desired consistency. I like using ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons of water total for my ketchup.
- Taste and adjust the seasonings as desired, adding more sugar for sweetness, vinegar for tartness or salt for saltiness.
- Turn off the heat and allow the ketchup to cool completely before transferring it to an airtight jar or container.