It makes me happy when I can make recipes using ingredients I have on hand rather than buying the premade version from the store. By making my own homemade ketchup, I can reduce the amount of high fructose corn syrup my family consumes.
Plus this recipe is so easy! My version only includes five ingredients and they are all ingredients we normally have in our cupboards.
Another thing that makes this recipe so easy is that it does not require heating. The tomato paste and tomato sauce have already been heated prior to being canned and there is no sugar in this recipe to worry about dissolving. Simply mix the ingredients and store in a jar in the refrigerator.
Tricks to make this recipe even easier to make at home:
I use a kitchen scale that measures fluid ounces so I can pour honey directly into a mixing bowl sitting on the scale without worrying about the honey sticking to a measuring cup.
If you don’t have Old Bay seasoning, you could substitute the following ingredients for similar results:
- 1/4 tsp + 1/8 tsp celery salt
- 1/4 tsp red pepper
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
I had never even heard of Old Bay seasoning until I met my husband and found out he used it to season meat.
All right, let’s get to the recipe.
Homemade Ketchup Recipe
- 1 8oz can tomato sauce
- 1 6oz can tomato paste
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 6 Tbsp honey (1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp, or 3oz total)
- 1 tsp Old Bay seasoning
- Wisk all ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
- Pour into a glass jar and store in the refrigerator.
That’s it! Easy, right? I store mine in a clean spaghetti sauce jar. This homemade ketchup should be good in the refrigerator for about a month. I typically end up using it up pretty quickly since I like to make Sloppy Joes and BBQ pork ribs in the Crock Pot.