A Delicious, Healthy and Easy Recipe for Homemade Ketchup.
Some recipes are easy to create at home, and they are much better than store-bought products.
I love this ketchup recipe because you can control all the ingredients’ quality and quantity.
This ketchup is full of antioxidants from the tomatoes and herbs like oregano, basil, thyme and black pepper.
THIS RECIPE FOR HOMEMADE KETCHUP DOESN’T CONTAIN PRESERVATIVES OR UNKNOWN FLAVOURING INGREDIENTS.
Just pure ketchup from tomatoes, honey and vinegar and high-quality spices, that’s it.
If it is the season for tomatoes, use fresh tomatoes.
When making ketchup and other easy sauces at home, you will get a rich and delicious flavour and high nutrition value that is much better than the store-bought one.
WHEN MAKING KETCHUP AT HOME, YOU MUST FIRST STERILISE THE JAR TO PREVENT ANY BACTERIA FROM DEVELOPING.
Sterilisation is needed so microorganisms will not be present in your jars and spoil your creations.
How To Sterilise Jars?
When making homemade pastes and preserves, it is important to sterilise your jars so bacteria will not develop.
- Start by washing the jars, running them through the dishwasher, or washing them with hot, soapy water.
- To sterilise jars, you can pour boiling water all over them and air dry, or let them dry in a warm oven.
Health benefits of tomatoes, the main ingredient in ketchup
Tomatoes are packed with active compounds, including vitamins, antioxidants, and anti-cancer substances. 1
Examples of Antioxidants found in tomatoes:
- Vitamins E, C and folate
- Carotenoids as Lycopene, β-Carotene, Lutein.
- Phenolic compounds – Flavonoids, Phenolic acids, Tannins.
Antioxidants protect your body from damage caused by free radicals.
Free radicals are unstable molecules linked to the development of several diseases.
When free radical levels outnumber antioxidant levels, they can create oxidative stress in your body.
As a result, this can trigger the body’s inflammatory response, which, in turn, produces more free radicals that can lead to additional oxidative stress, creating a cycle.
Chronic inflammation due to oxidative stress may lead to several conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and arthritis.2
Lycopene is an important carotenoid antioxidant. Found in tomatoes, watermelon, papaya, red grapefruits, and guava.
It has been associated with improved vascular function and the prevention of cardiovascular disorders. 3
Homemade Ketchup Recipe
- plum tomatoes – 1 can (400 g) or 4 fresh tomatoes in season)
- honey (organic) -2 tbsp
- white vinegar (or apple cider vinegar) – 2 tbsp
- Himalayan salt – ¼ tsp
- black pepper (to taste) – ¼ tsp
- optional chilli flakes (for a spicier version) – ¼ tsp
- cornflour (Non-GMO) – 1 tsp
- cold water (filtered or mineral) – ¼ cup
- basil (organic, fresh or dried) – ½ tsp or a few fresh leaves
- oregano (organic, fresh or dried) – ½ tsp or a few fresh leaves
- thyme leaves (organic, fresh or dried) – ½ tsp or a few fresh leaves
- In a small saucepan: cook plum tomatoes, honey, vinegar, herbs, salt and pepper. Let the mixture simmer and stir now and then lower the heat for about 5-10 minutes to simmer until thickened.
- Remove the pot from the heat and blend the mixture with a hand blender. Then return the pureed ketchup to the saucepan.
- Mix the corn starch with cold water and add to the saucepan—Cook for an additional 10 to 15 minutes.
- As the ketchup reaches a creamy consistency, press it through a strainer into a bowl to filter the seeds and skins.
- Pour the ketchup into a jar.
- Enjoy! Keep in the fridge for up to a week.
I love to eat tomatoes daily, and I love ketchup as well. So that’s inspired me to create this recipe, and I am happy to share it.
Let me know if you prepared it and liked it as well. 🙂