Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Tomato Ketchup - very, very, simple

I decided to make tomato ketchup today. No idea why, I have a million things to do, but there you go!

I picked around 5kg of tomatoes and cut them up
I also cut up 2 onions and got a couple of bay leaves and put everything in a huge pan with a wee bit of olive oil and seasoning.

Cooked everything for about 40 minutes. Until the tomatoes were nice and soft.





Then I got all the mooshy tomatoes out of the pan and moulied them to get rid of all the seeds and skin. It's very satisfying. If I was only making passata I'd stop now.




All the left over seeds and skins - the chickens adore this!


So, since I wasn't making passata, but ketchup, the next stage is to add around 400ml of apple cider vinegar and around 300g of sugar.

I've just totally made up this recipe - there are other ones that have all sorts of other ingredients in them, like carrots and spices. I like my ketchup pretty plain.

Anyway, once you've added the sugar and vinegar let this simmer for ages - until it's reduced down by about half. taste it to see if you like it and if not add more of whatever you fancy!!

(I simmered mine for over 2 hours. )

This is the stuff I made last year, but this years look the same!












16 comments:

  1. Yummy... can't beat homemade!! Enjoy...Cx

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  2. This is awesome! I love how you bottled it up too.. perfect :) My Grandma used to make homemade ketchup, so this is a topic dear to my heart. Thank you for sharing. -Tammy

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    1. This is only the second time I've made it - the first time I thought it was far too sweet so put a lot less sugar in this time.

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  3. I like the labels! It sounds good, too. This is a goal for this summer's garden for us as we never have made our own.

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    1. it's so simple - but if you're doing it from scratch it takes a while as there's a lot of cooking!

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  4. Yum, love those labels. How do you make them?

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    1. photoshop is your friend :)

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  5. It all looks lovely! It must be especially satisfying knowing not only have you grown the main ingredient, but also that it's your own recipe.

    Love the stickers on your bottles.

    Were all these pics taken with your new lens?

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    1. yep, all taken with new lens - so I reckon it's excellent - not as good as the actual macro lens for close ups, but just the sheer flexibility of it is absolutely amazing - I love it.

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  6. Whoop Whoop! That looks amazeballs! I love the idea of getting my son involved in this recipe ... since he is the ketchup fiend in the family. Hubby will probably want a chillied up version so I can adapt half the batch. Thank you for sharing! ♥♥♥

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    1. my hubby is also a chilli fiend - he makes all the chilli sauce in this house :)

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  7. Stacee2:29 pm

    This is lovely! You must be one of the healthiest people in the world - how satisfying to grow and process your own food!

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    1. well if our own food was all I ate I probably would be!! as it is - not totally!!!! :) xxx

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  8. Beautiful! I did apple chutney with the orchard apples today...and planted blueberries. Looking forward to those. :) Inspired to tackle the tomatoes.

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    1. yummo that sounds lovely. I tried to grow blueberries but I think it's too hot up here as they all died :(

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