You can make ketchup? Yeah! And it's SO easy! Maybe you're venturing into eating a healthier, preservative-/additive-/mystery ingredient-free diet. You're cooking dinner at home most of the time: great! But when you venture into the condiment isle at the grocery store- what do you do? You could shop at a fancy, organic grocery store and spend loads of money. (Well, some of you could.) We sure can't! My solution: make it myself :) I've been making our salad dressing, sour cream, mayo, pickle relish, and now ketchup. Yay. But wont it go bad in like a week, you ask? I can't be making all our condiments every week! The magical, ancient solution: fermentation. When you ferment your yummy home concoctions, they'll last a month or more!
This was my first batch of real ketchup, and I was SO excited to make it!
I got the recipe from The Nourished Kitchen - a very fun blog I highly encourage you to visit. Here is her recipe:
Seeing that homemade tomato paste is out of the question in March, I used S&W Organic. Yay for costco.
I used a combination of pure maple syrup and raw honey, 'cause I'm complicated like that.
added the vinegar, salt, spices and my 1/4 cup of whey that I had drained from kefir. Stir it all up! (If you don't know what whey is or want to know how to "make" it, leave a comment and I'll be sure to explain!)
Scoop it into a mason jar.
Top it off with the extra 2 Tbsp whey for good measure.
Put a towel on it, and set it in a warm place for three to five days & leave it alone so it can ferment. (Next to your lacto-fermenting beets of you have them. Then they can have a nice chat while they culture.)
And.... tadaa! you have ketchup! Nutritionally speaking, a vegetable with natural sweeteners, just teeming with healthy, beneficial bacteria (think yogurt!) The recipe said I could just stir in the white stuff that formed on the top from the extra whey, but it eeked me out a bit so I scooped it off. :)
yum! Homemade turkey nuggets, here we come. This ketchup will last SEVERAL MONTHS in your fridge. Hooray!
tomato paste: can't find the reciept. I think it was 6.99, but maybe it was 7.99 for the box of 12. I'm going to guess high. $8 / 12 = $0.67. I used three cans = $2.00
maple syrup: $12.55/32oz - 1/8C=$0.39
honey: $30.40/1gal - 1/8C=$0.24
whey: free, drained off kefir or plain yogurt
cider vinegar: $2.75/32oz 2T=$0.09
sea salt & spices: oh..... i don't know. Let's say $0.02
Total: $2.74 at the most! (you could make it much cheaper with cheaper ingredients! I could be wrong, but I don't think you could buy an organic ketchup with probiotics for $2.74 or less at the grocery store!)