Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Home Made Ketchup

For those of you who love ketchup, but don't love all the sugar, high fructose corn syrup and other nasties that will ruin your health in a hurry, it is easy to make your own. Once you try this, you will never want to go back to commercial ketchup again.

This is a variation of a recipe in Sally Fallon's Cook Book "Nourishing Traditions". If you are interested in eating the foods you love, but making them with healthy ingredients and in a traditional - healthy style, I would highly suggest purchasing the book. It is one of my favorites!

Home Made Ketchup

2 cups canned Tomato Sauce
1 cup canned Tomato Paste
1 Tbs. salt
1/2 cup honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar (or to taste)
3 cloves garlic, peeled and mashed

1/4 tsp. cayanne pepper (optional if you like a bit of kick)
2 - 4 Tbs fish sauce (optional if you want a traditional/unique flavor)
1 probiotic capsule, broken open and disolved in a little water (optional if you want to ferment your ketchup and add probiotic nutrition to it)

Mix all ingredients together well. Place in a quart size wide mouth mason jar. Refrigerate and enjoy. If you wish to add probiotics to your ketchup, cover loosely and let sit at room temperature for 2 days before refrigerating.

Note from Janae: If you like thicker ketchup, use more tomato paste. If you like it more runny, use more tomato sauce. If you are using fish sauce, you may want to reduce the amount of salt a bit. I find that it is too salty for my taste if I use all the salt and all the fish sauce.


At the White House said...

The recipies all sound terrific! About the ketcup.....never heard of fish sauce. Do I get it at the health food store? Are there different strenghts?

Janae said...

You can get fish sauce at most grocery stores where the Asian food is. Also most Asian markets will carry it. I don't know if it comes in different strengths, but examine the ingredients carefully. Make sure there is not any MSG or other nasty additives. A good fish sauce will just have fish, water, salt and maybe sugar in it.