Friday, June 24, 2011

Home Made Ketchup!

Some of you may have already checked out thi
nking, “my bottled ketchup is fine enough for me”. But you are missing out on some incredible chances to customize to your personal taste and be able to take the credit for producing such a flavorful product (that really is truly easy!) But before i start talking ingredients, directions and tips, i just want to let you know this will not look or have the consistency of you average store bought bottled ketchup. It isn’t as homogenous, but the unexpected texture adds character. Try it! I think you’ll like it. 

1/2 cup of sun dried tomatoes soaked in 1 cup of water (I soaked them for 2 hours but it doesn’t need to be that long)
2 Tbs of butter (or oil)
1 small onion, finely diced
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced (i used roasted garlic)
6 oz can of tomato paste
28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
1 large fresh tomato, chopped
1/3 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of raisins
2 Tbs of Honey
1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp of crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of Herbs de Provence

Begin by soaking the sun dried tomatoes. This is just to help make them easier to break down when you puree the ketchup.

In a med/large pot melt the butter (or heat the oil) over med heat. Add the onion and the garlic. Cook until the onions are translucent and garlic is fragrant. Next add the tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, fresh tomato, brown sugar, raisin, honey, vinegar, crushed red pepper flakes, salt, and herbs de provence. Stir and cook down for at least 20 mins. You can then jar it up and enjoy!

Note: The brown sugar, raisin and honey are all sweet elements. If you do not have one of them on hand you can just increase the amount of one of the other sweetening ingredients.