Now, onto ketchup. You will notice on many of my posts, if a recipe calls for Ketchup, I usually mention that I use Annie's. Annie's Ketchup is what I buy. We go through a lot of ketchup in this house and so when I found out this week that Annie's was bought out by General Mills, I thought I'd better learn to make ketchup! And learn to make ketchup I DID! I tried several different recipes, took the best from all of them, added a little bit of Elizabeth flair, and THIS was the result:
- 6 oz tomato paste
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tbsp brown sugar - (note- I tried making it with honey instead and my husband thought it tasted like a "dirty sweat sock." I didn't mind the taste with the honey but since David didn't like it I tried the sugar instead and it WAS better. This is one case where I will use sugar instead of honey).
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp granulated garlic
Whisk all ingredients together in a small saucepan and bring to a slow boil. Turn heat down to low and simmer, stirring very often, for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. If you want a very smooth and shiny ketchup, you can press it through a mesh strainer, otherwise it is excellent as is. I store mine in a mason jar in the fridge. YUM!