If you’re a label reader like me, you may have noticed that ketchup often contains high fructose corn syrup, red dyes and more ingredients I don’t want my family eating! Making your own ketchup at home is an easy and inexpensive way to save on expensive, organic ketchup from the grocery store and you get to control what’s in it. Your whole family is sure to love it!
Ketchup. A classic condiment that almost every American has in their refrigerator. If you have kids, you know the power of ketchup and how it can make children eager to eat the healthy (or unhealthy) foods on their plates. Now that I’m a Mom I totally get it. Ketchup is a must. My son can be seen below gladly gobbling up his grass-fed beef hot dogs and ketchup.
Read Your Labels
On my quest into a real foods lifestyle, I began reading the label of every food in my home. The back of the ketchup bottle was surprising and definitely didn’t rank as a real food. But I thought it was just tomatoes, right? Nope. Most commercial ketchup is full of junk.
Heinz ketchup contains the following: tomato concentrate, distilled vinegar, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, salt, spice, onion powder and natural flavoring. All that corn syrup translates to sugar. 4 grams of sugar in just one tablespoon of Heinz. Four grams of sugar is equal to 1 teaspoon! Yikes! Not all sugar is bad, but when it comes to sugar from corn I like to take a hard pass.
Commercial ketchup producers have caught onto the fact that we’re getting smarter and more aware of what we’re putting in our bodies. Heinz and other major brands now carry “high fructose corn syrup free” options. They’ve replaced HFCS with plain old white sugar. Not perfect, but if you’re in a pinch this will do. Annie’s Homegrown and Sir Kensington are popular cleaner brands that are also a good choice.
It’s SO easy to make!
Save your pennies, ya’ll. Ketchup is so simple and inexpensive to make yourself. I wanted to have ketchup on hand that didn’t contain plain white sugar, but ketchup definitely needs a little sweetness to keep the kiddos interested. Honey to the rescue. Honey is still a sugar but it does contain antioxidants and healing properties especially if you buy local raw honey. An alternative to honey would be molasses, date paste or even maple syrup. You don’t need a lot, just enough to help offset the tomato.
I hope you give this ketchup a try. Get your kids in the kitchen to help measure and mix. Have them taste as you go and help adjust the sweetness or seasonings so you can be sure that they will love it.
- 1 can of organic tomato paste (6 ounces)
- ½ tsp onion powder
- 2-3 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 2-3 teaspoons of honey
- Mix the tomato paste, onion powder, salt and honey in a bowl.
- Add in the honey and apple cider vinegar.
- Give it a taste and adjust if necessary. If ketchup is too thick, add more Apple Cider Vinegar or water to thin it out.
- Mix well and store in a glass container in the refrigerator.