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


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

How to Make Homemade Ketchup


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

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About Homemade Ketchup

Course/Dish: Other Sauces