HOMEMADE KETCHUP from scratch- Healthy Cooking

homemade ketchup

A delicious, healthy and easy recipe for homemade ketchup.

There are some recipes that are easy to create at home and they are much better from the store-bought ones.

I love this recipe because you can control all the ingredients, the quality of them and the amount of them.

You can make this salsa, this ketchup to be full of antioxidant, use good quality tomatoes and herbs like oregano, basil, thyme and black pepper.

This recipe for homemade ketchup doesn’t contain preservatives or unnecessary unknown flavouring ingredients.

Just pure ketchup from fresh tomatoes, honey and vinegar and other high-quality spices, that’s it.

If it is the season for tomatoes, use fresh tomatoes.

Above all, when making ketchup and other easy salsas at home you will get a rich and delicious flavour and high nutrition value that is so much better than the bought one.
If you don’t want to buy industrial ketchup and instead of preparing one you will gain more nutrients from the food, and the pleasure to eat something you make it yourself, at home, easily!

When making Ketchup at home you must first sterilize the jars, to prevent any bacteria from developing.

Sterilization in needed so microorganisms will not be present in your jars and spoil your creations.

How to sterilize jars?

When making homemade pastes and preserves, it is essential to sterilize your jars so bacteria will not develop in it.

  • To start to sterilize the jars, run them through the dishwasher, or wash in hot soapy water.
  • To sterilize the jars, you can pour boiling water all over them and let dry, or let dry in a warm oven.
  • Fill the jars while they and the ketchup are still warm, seal, then keep in a cool, dark place.

Health benefits of tomatoes

Tomatoes are packed with active compounds that include vitamins, antioxidants, and anti-cancer substances. 1

Examples for Antioxidants:

  • Vitamins E, C and folate
  • Carotenoids as Lycopene, β-Carotene, Lutein.
  • Phenolic compounds – Flavonoids, Phenolic acids, Tannins.

About Antioxidants

Antioxidants protect your body from damage caused by free radicals.
Free radicals are unstable molecules linked to the development of a number of diseases. When free radical levels outnumber antioxidant levels, they can create oxidative stress in your body.

Oxidative stress can trigger the body inflammatory response, which, in turn, produces more free radicals that can lead to further oxidative stress, creating a cycle.

Chronic inflammation due to oxidative stress may lead to several conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and arthritis.2


Lycopene, an important carotenoid antioxidant found in tomatoes, watermelon, papaya, red grapefruits, and guava, has been associated with improved vascular function and prevention of cardiovascular disorders. 3

HOMEMADE KETCHUP – Easy, Healthy and Delicious

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword Healthy
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 can 400gr plum tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp honey organic
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ tsp Himalayan salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper to taste
  • ¼ optional chilli flakes for a spicier version
  • 1 tsp cornflour Non-GMO
  • ¼ cup cold water filtered or mineral
  • ½ tsp basil organic, fresh or dried
  • ½ tsp oregano organic, fresh or dried
  • ½ tsp thyme leaves organic, fresh or dried


  1. In a small saucepan: cook plum tomatoes, honey, vinegar, herbs, salt and pepper. Let the salsa simmer and stir now and then at low heat for about 5-10 minutes until it is getting more concentrated.

  2. Remove the pot from the heat and blend the mixture with a hand blender. Put the pureed ketchup back on the fire.

  3. Mix the corn starch with cold water and add to the pot, let cook for an additional 10 to 15 minutes.

  4. As the ketchup reaches a creamy consistency, press it through a strainer into a bowl to filter the seeds and skins.

  5. Pour the ketchup in a jar.

  6. Enjoy! Keep in the fridge for up to three days.

Find here more salsa recipes:

I Eat tomatoes on a daily base, and I love to eat ketchup as well! This motivated me to create this recipe. I am happy to share it with you.

Let me know if you prepare it and liked it as well. 🙂

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