Have you read the label of your favorite ketchup/catsup bottle? It looks ok on the surface and for some it’s just fine. I didn’t like the high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, “spice”, and “natural flavoring” on the bottle I had. Plus, it’s getting to be expensive, like most things these days. So, I set out to try making it myself. The result? Good enough to eat.
2 quarts tomato puree (a great way to put those garden tomatoes to use)
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/3 cup vinegar
1 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp dry ground mustard
1 tsp salt
Combine all ingredients in a large sauce pot. Cook on low slowly until the consistency desired, stirring frequently to avoid sticking or burning.
If canning, ladle hot ketchup into hot jars leaving 1/4 inch head space. Process 15 minutes in a boiling water canner.
Just spoon out of the jar.
My family all said they liked it and gave the go ahead to make more.