Oct 29, 2010

Homemade Ketchup (Merrick)

As you know, this we're posting about homemade condiments, and this is the one that I chose to make from Everyday Cheapskate.

Clone of Heinz Ketchup

1 6-ounce can tomato paste
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until smooth. When mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often. Remove pan from heat and cover until cool. Chill and store in a covered container in refrigerator. Yield: 1 1/2 cups.

I have to admit that I never buy name brand ketchup. Too expensive, and not really worth it for something that we so rarely use. So I can't see myself making this too often (unless of course my baby grows up to LOVE ketchup), especially because when I looked at the ingredients for my Kroger brand ketchup, they were almost identical to this recipe. No weird chemically ingredients.

But despite all that, the recipe was actually pretty close to the real deal. Mine was a tad bit sweeter than store-bought ketchup, but that may have something to do with my lack of accurate measuring. If you're a big Ketchup fan, definitely give this a try because it will save you money and get you pretty close to that taste you're used to!


Chelsea said...

Tom has an old friend that is allergic to corn. This includes corn syrup. They have to home-make all his condiments without corn syrup. Fun for them! Sometimes I think it's just cheaper to find a really good deal on a generic brand than make some things from scratch.

Chelsea said...

I am excited to try these. Especially the ranch-- because good ranch dressing is usually quite expensive! I normally can find ketchup for under $1, but if you already have the ingredients around, you might as well make it!