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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Very Basic Tomato Ketchup

FTM Farmer Asked after a ketchup recipe. This is the basic of basics. After you have this down you can create altered flavors using the tomatoes. (I have many non tomato ketchup recipes as well)

12 lbs ripe tomatoes
1 lbs onion
1/2 lbs sweet red peppers
1/2 lbs sweet green bells (peppers)
4 1/2 cups 5% acidic white vinegar
4 1/2 cups sugar (or sweetener, adjust to taste)
1/8 cup canning salt (adjust to taste or diet needs)
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1/2  tablespoon ground dry red pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 tablespoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

quarter you tomatoes and chop your pepper and onion(s), place them in a large pot, mashing them down. Over a medium low heat, cook the peppers, onion(s) and tomatoes until they are soft, stir and mash frequently.

Place the cooked tomatoes, onion(s) and peppers in your food mill and catch the juices in a separate large pot, feed skins to chickens for omelette tasting eggs.   (you can always peel and core the tomatoes then place them and the peppers and onion(s) into a blender, but I find it takes a bit longer)

Bring the juices to just a boil, reduce  heat and simmer an hour. Stir to prevent any burning.

Mix together the remaining ingredients. Add to the tomato sauce, mix well. Simmer (or place in a crock pot and walk away) until the sauce is reduced by half.

Jar and place in a hot water bath for 15 minutes for both pints and 1/2 pints.

I finally have some tomatoes showing up on my plants, as long as we don't have an early freeze I might still get to make something this year.


HermitJim said...

I appreciate the recipe! I do like anything home made with fresh tomatoes!

You have a good day!

SkippyMom said...

Wow that is a lot of sugar. I can see why it is so popular.

HossBoss said...

How much does the recipe yield in these proportions, Phelan? It sounds great and I think it could be the base for a good bbq sauce too.

Phelan said...

oops, guess didn't include that Hossboss, it makes about 6 pints.

Skippy, yes it does indeed have a lot. But t doesn't taste as sweet as this store bought stuff we have been using.

Hi Jim!

small farm girl said...

That sounds really good. I'm going to have to give it a try.

TeeJay said...

Sounds awesome - I love recipes like this. However I'm allergic to peppers. Do the peppers "make" the recipe? Or do you think it would turn out well without them?

Phelan said...

Teejay, unfortunately yes. But I did a little searching and Jamie Oliver has a pepperless recipes. I haven't tries it.

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