Saturday, April 7, 2012

Shake up your Ketchup

Most ketchup on the store shelves contain high fructose corn syrup (unless you can find an organic one).  When I am able to, I buy organic ketchup in bulk.  However, here in Rwanda I don't have that option.  There also may be times when you have run out of ketchup & need a stand in.  I would like to share with you a recipe for ketchup that you may decide you like better than the stuff in the bottle anyways!  With the added spices it makes for an interesting flavor, plus it is sweetened mostly with honey which makes it better for you too.  (Try to use local raw honey to help boost your body's immune system.)

Ketchup with a Little 'Tude
6 oz. tomato paste*
6 Tablespoons white vinegar (you can just fill the empty tomato paste can!)
6 Tablespoons water (again I use the can to measure)
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar (optional)
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon clove powder (I don't have this, so it is definitely optional.)

Combine all ingredients in a glass jar.  Mix well.  Store in the refrigerator.  That's it!

(The original recipe called for simmering this mixture  for 15 minutes, but I've found that to be unnecessary because I don't mind it a little thin.  If you want your ketchup thicker then bring it to a boil and simmer, stirring often.)


*There is one problem I have with this recipe:  using canned tomato paste.  BPA in cans, especially tomato products, is not a good thing.  If you can find tomato paste not in a can, or in a BPA-free can you'll be better off.  But sometimes we just have to do our best with what we've got!