Saturday, August 11, 2007

Pass the ketchup

I made ketchup the other day. I found the recipe on Hillbilly Housewife. We can buy ketchup here but I wanted to try to make it just because I could and also because I do think it is cheaper. I don't eat ketchup. I put it in a few things that I made. My husband eats it on his scrambled eggs. I think that must be a man thing. Anyway, we had meatloaf the other night so that was a test to see how it fares against the stuff you buy.

His first remark was he could taste the vinegar. I wasn't sure if that was good or not. He did say it was good and even better than store bought. So that is a recipe to keep.

It uses tomato paste which is cheap and spices that you have around the house except I had whole allspice and not ground so I skipped that. I might add a bit of garlic powder or onion powder but it has no high fructose corn syrup.

Here is a fun ketchup fact. Do you know that the word is based on a Chinese word. Ketchup is from Cantonese and Catsup is from a bit of a Malay Chinese word. So I think it is fitting that living here I would make ketchup.


Deanne said...

We use a ton of ketchup, so I'd love to try that. Hubby man is ketchup snob (Heinz only), so it will have to be good to satisfy him. I'm off to check it out now.

Bo Tai-tai said...

I am not dealing with a ketchup snob. I wonder if you would want to decrease the vinegar so that it doesn't have such a strong vinegar taste. Also look at the Heinz ingredients and see if you should add anything else.

Sheila said...

J loves his ketchup, and his mustard, and his relish and his mayonnaise. I'd have to make a LOT of ketchup if I made it myself.

Bo Tai-tai said...

It was very easy and I decided that next time I would make a double recipe.

I know I have gotten to where I would rather make it than buy it. I am strange in that way.