Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Quick and Easy Homemade Ketchup

Quick and Easy Homemade Ketchup recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
If you are looking for a quick and easy, inexpensive ketchup to make at home with no additives or preservatives, this is the simplest option I have found. I am still working on this recipe and am honestly not thrilled with it yet, but it has received positive feedback from a handful of people. Specifically, from people that prefer a slightly sweeter ketchup. 

I’m posting this at the request of a friend who really liked it. So, if quick and easy recipes are your style, try it and let me know what you think.

I would really love to know what you would change. I plan to work on this some more and I will post my final version when I am truly happy with it.

I’m not a big ketchup user, but when I do use ketchup, it is always Heinz. I’m not going to lie to you. This does not taste like Heinz. I have not yet come up with a simple method for ketchup made at home that can compare with everyone’s favorite ketchup. 

However, this is an acceptable ketchup that worked well with fries. Yes, I’m calling it acceptable, because tomorrow, I’m going to post an exceptional homemade from scratch version. It is neither quick nor simple, but it is worth it. I am so incredibly happy with the other ketchup, I almost didn't post this one. But, I wanted to give an easier option as well. I would REALLY love for someone to tweak this in a way that makes it fabulous!

Recipe adapted from The Lighthearted Cookbook by Anne Lindsay

6 oz can of tomato paste
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
Dash of worcestershire sauce, optional – I really couldn’t tell a difference
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1 pinch cinnamon
1 pinch cloves
1/2 pinch allspice
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, according to taste

In a small bowl, combine all of these ingredients and whisk well. Chill overnight to blend the flavors.

Side note: I’ve made several variations of this sauce and I can tell no difference between when the mixture is warmed on the stove and whisked that way to combine, or when it is simmered a longer while or when it is simply combined cold and then placed in the refrigerator.



  1. Between this and that chili, I'm drooling over myself.

  2. Great recipe. I like your version better than the one I use.

  3. I've tried numerous times to get the Heinz flavor and just can't get it... I think its the added preservatives :) lol

  4. Bookmarking this. I'd love to make some, after I my tomatoes ripen.

  5. I am quite anxious to see your FAVORITE ketchup. Will there be some waiting when I arrive on Saturday with a fresh batch of Red Robin Seasoned Fries??? Hmmmm.... What a thought!

  6. homemade ketchup, sound so fresh and good!