Homemade Ketchup – Kid Approved!

Are you ready to ditch the store-bought ketchup and replace it with a healthier homemade version?  This homemade ketchup is not only delicious it is very easy to make and most importantly it tastes delicious!  With only a few ingredients and a couple of minutes in the kitchen you can enjoy this healthier homemade ketchup….

Homemade Ketchup

Why I Make Homemade Ketchup

Store-bought ketchup is typically high in high fructose corn syrup.  My family is on a journey to eliminate processed foods in our house so I am anxious to eliminate anything with corn syrup in the ingredient list.  We made the switch to store-bought organic ketchup a while back and now I was ready to take it one step further.  I wanted to make a homemade ketchup that everyone in our home would enjoy, even the kids.  After several different batches I finally made a homemade ketchup that satisfied my picky ketchup loving kid.

This picky ketchup loving kid is Alex.  He puts ketchup on everything.  Seriously, anything and everything.  I was very nervous about replacing our store-bought organic ketchup with a homemade version.   I am happy to report that Alex deemed this homemade ketchup “just perfect”.  Whoo-hoo!

Making homemade ketchup instead of buying it saves you money as well!  I was buying a lot of ketchup at the store which means that I am now making a lot of ketchup at home but it is easy and really doesn’t take very long, just mix the ingredients together and voila!  homemade ketchup…super easy!

How to Make Homemade Ketchup

There are many sweeteners that are added to ketchup.  Typically it is high fructose corn syrup but it can also be sugar or agave.  We don’t use agave in our kitchen anymore, I will talk about that later, so for this recipe I used raw local honey to sweeten the homemade ketchup. Canned tomatoes are the only canned item that remain in my cupboard, this summer I hope to start canning tomatoes so I can eliminate them! I wish I was using homemade tomato paste instead of store-bought but I will just have to tackle that another day!

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Homemade Ketchup - Kid Approved!
Cuisine: condiment
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Total time: 
Serves: 20
This homemade ketchup is easy to make and tastes delicious!
  • 12 ounces tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons raw local honey
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 cup of water
  • optional: ¾ teaspoon ground cloves
  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a dish and whisk. Adjust water if you desire a different consistency. You can also adjust the seasonings to fit your preference.



Homemade Ketchup

 Slowly but surely I am eliminating processed foods from our home.  It is a process that our entire family is participating in, my children enjoy helping me in the kitchen.  I also feel that they are learning alongside of me about the importance of healthy eating.

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This post has been shared at Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage.

12 thoughts on “Homemade Ketchup – Kid Approved!

    • Angela says:

      Hmmmm, we keep ours in the refrigerator for up to 2 or 3 weeks. I am sure we have had it for longer, it just depends on how fast we go through it (honestly, we go through it fast!).

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