Makin’ Ketchup

Today, of all days, we ran out of ketchup. How does a house with three kids under 5 run out of ketchup- I mean, sure Abby is out of the ketchup loop still, but the boys more than make up for her. How did I so completely drop the ball and shame my food-storage calling? Ketchup…. hangin’ my head in shame.

But! Ever the industrious mama, I thought, “Hey, I can MAKE ketchup!”. But alas, my cookbooks were all sadly lacking in ketchup recipes. So, turning to my trusty computer, and knowing my kids won’t eat just any ketchup, I Googled “Heinz Ketchup” and low and behold, the holy grail of kid manna, the Heinz Ketchup Recipe. And, I must say, it’s pretty darn close… they had a ball helping me in the kitchen, and ate it with gusto. So hooray! And thus, I share it with you:

Heinz Ketchup by Jan Taylor

  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup plain white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until well combined. 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.

8 thoughts on “Makin’ Ketchup

  1. Wow. This is impressive. I might have to try it – but I doubt we are the ketchup afficianados that you guys are. Did I spell that right? It looks wrong but I’m too lazy to go for the dictionary.

    Thanks for the nice visit today! You make me smile 🙂

  2. My husband keeps telling me that ketchup is high sugar and I keep pooh-poohing the idea (I’m trying out a low-sugar regime). But now there is proof staring me in the face . . . but what’s a summer burger without ketchup? I’ll give up desserts, first. 🙂

  3. I know, I was really surprised with how much sugar it called for, but I know now that I’ve made it, if you left it our or cut back, it wouldn’t taste like ketchup! No wonder kids like it so much!

  4. lol. i just ran out of ketchup last week and i asked myself the same thing..how did i run out of ketchup. i didn’t want it bad enough to make my own though…

  5. I always think of that Doris Day movie where she’s in the basement of her house making and canning ketchup for the coming year.

    Your recipe I might try–I think Doris was starting with tomatoes from her garden and that looked like a lot of work.

  6. Hmmm…maybe if I cut down on the corn syrup, I could count the nights when my son *only* eats ketchup for dinner as his vegetable–wait, corn syrup–could that count as a vegetable, too? 🙂

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