Homemade Ketchup

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My aunt Naomi made this every year. It was always on the table when we had a dish that ketchup could be used on. The first time I ate "storebought" ketchup I did not like it. There is something about homemade anything that is just better.


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45 Min
1 Hr 45 Min


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    1 cup white vinegar
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    1 1/2 teaspooons whole cloves
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    1 1/2 teaspoons broken cinnamon sticks
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    1/2 teaspoon whole allspice
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    1 teaspoon celery seed
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    8 pounds ripe tomatoes
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    1 cup sliced onion
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    1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
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    1/2 cup sugar
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    4 teaspoons salt(more or less)

How to Make Homemade Ketchup


  1. Combine vinegar, cloves, cinnamon, allspice and celery seed in a saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat.Let vinegar stand to absorb spices.
  3. Cut tomatoes in quarters.
  4. Combine onion and cayenne pepper.
  5. Boil uncovered 20 minutes stirring occasionally to keep it from sticking.
  6. Press through a sieve.
  7. Combine sugar and hot tomato juice in a large kettle.
  8. Cook uncovered, stirring frequently until volume is halved(about 1 hour, 15 minutes)
  9. Strain vinegar, discard spices.
  10. Combine salt with spiced vinegar and add to boiling tomato mixture.
  11. Continue boiling, uncovered, 30 minutes longer or until thick. Stir constantly.
  12. Pour into hot sterilized jars and seal.

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Course/Dish: Other Sauces

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