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Homemade Ketchup Recipe That Is Better Than Store-Bought

Homemade ketchup recipe.
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Some meals wouldn’t be the same without ketchup, but many varieties contain high amounts of sugar and preservatives. Try out our homemade ketchup recipe for a healthier alternative.

For many people, especially kids, commercial ketchup is a staple pantry item. Unfortunately, conventional ketchup tends to be heavily processed and usually contains minimal fiber or protein. They do contain high quantities of sugar, salt, high-fructose corn syrup, and preservatives. None of this is good news for health.

The planet doesn’t reap many benefits from these products either. These condiments are usually packaged in plastic or glass bottles – both of which place a heavy burden on the environment – and usually must be transported over long distances to make it to the shelves.

You will love this easy, homemade ketchup recipe because it is:

  • Quick
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • Organic
  • Free from refined sugar
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Delicious

What You Will Need for Your Homemade Ketchup Recipe

Your homemade ketchup recipe will spice up any meal.
Your homemade ketchup recipe will spice up any meal. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / Holgi)

For this homemade ketchup recipe, you’ll need two bowls, a saucepan, a wooden spoon, and a whisk. The deliciously tangy ketchup contains only six ingredients as follows:

  • 1 cup organic tomato paste
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 sprinkle of ground Allspice
  • Sea salt (optional)

How to Make Homemade Ketchup

Enjoy your guilt-free delight.
Enjoy your guilt-free delight. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / PDPics)

1. Mix all your ingredients in your first bowl.

2. Whisk well until your mixture is smooth and free from clumps.

3. Pour the sauce into a small saucepan over medium heat.

4. Allow the mixture to gently simmer for four minutes, stirring continuously to avoid sticking. While you can eat your mixture raw, heating it allows the spices to infuse and develop into a richer flavor. Your sauce may darken a little at this point.

5. Pour the mixture into a clean bowl and allow it to cool.

6. Chill in the refrigerator for four hours and serve.

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