As we strive to live as locally as possible, we’ve been learning to make things for ourselves. It’s easy to make your own homemade bread, soup, hamburgers, but it gets more difficult when it comes to those things that you’ve acquired a taste for a specific brand, like ketchup. Mr Chiots is a specific Heinz brand ketchup kind of guy. If it isn’t a Heinz, he won’t eat it. Several years ago I switched to organic Heinz which I like because it has no high fructose corn syrup.
Last year I made a bunch of different kind of chutneys and we started eating those instead of ketchup on a lot of things, like hamburgers. On fries though, Mr Chiots still had to have Heinz. I’ve tried homemade ketchup in the past and I’ve never found one that I liked, until now!
I checked Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It: And Other Cooking Projects out of the library and saw the recipe for ketchup. After reading it through, I decided if we were going to like any recipe it was going to be this one. Since I lack the ability to follow a recipe to a T, I changed the recipe a bit. I used roasted tomatoes instead of canned tomatoes and I used olive oil and ground cardamom since I didn’t have whole pods.
If you would like my amended recipe it’s on my blog, I won’t repost it here (the original recipe of course is in the book, which is free from your local library). I must admit, this is a great recipe, it has that perfect sweet tanginess that I love. This ketchup also makes a great sloppy joe sauce. If you’re in the market for a ketchup recipe definitely try this one! This is the ketchup that will be gracing our table from now on (although I’ll keep a bottle of store-bought around for those picky eaters that occasionally come to visit).
What kinds of thing are you learning to make at home to save money and eat more healthfully?