Homemade Ketchup

Last weekend we had some friends coming over for grilled burgers and fries;  a simple kid-friendly meal, and a chance for the adults to catch up.  A couple hours before they arrived, I panicked.  I didn’t have any ketchup for the fries.  Kids like this, right?  After scouring the internet, and rummaging around the cupboards, I pulled together the ingredients I thought would make a great homemade ketchup recipe.


Homemade Ketchup


I am sure most of you are wondering why I just didn’t run to the market or why I just did not have any at home.  Unfortunately, where we live there isn’t a market close by, and it involves driving 10 minutes, and then waiting in line for another 10 – 15 minutes, by the end it could take upward of 30 minutes.  As well I typically do not buy condiments as I find them a bit sugary.  And, if I am going to be honest, I kind of like the challenge of trying to make something on my own.

There are many recipes out there for versions of ketchup or catsup as I came to find it is called in our Southern States.  The recipe that stood out the most to me was one written by Jamie Oliver, and even though I did not have all the “right” ingredients, I figured what the hay and improvised a bit.  Jamie’s recipe calls for using fresh, as well as canned tomatoes.  I didn’t have any fresh tomatoes on hand but did have canned Italian plum tomatoes as well as paste.  Perfect.  As well his recipe called for using some celery and fennel.  You guessed it!  I didn’t have either on hand, so I just did not fret, and went with what I had.  As well I cut the measurements down quit a bit as I was not prepared to can the leftovers for future use.  The ketchup came out thick, and flavorful.  Slightly sweet, and slightly smokey (thank you chipotle pepper).  Perfect for a big batch of crispy fries, or to smoother a burger with.


Homemade Ketchup






  1. Homemade ketchup is completely brilliant. So pretty, too!

  2. I have to try this out, I am betting that it will be a new favorite of mine :) it looks fantastic!

  3. It is pretty darn good, and especially with those fries!


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