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5 Minute Homemade Ketchup

Ketchup. The evil vice in our home.

My teen daughter can’t stand ketchup. She’s never liked it. I used to think she was odd. Now I wish the other three felt the same way. If I let them, they would eat ketchup with everything. Like their dad.

Don’t get me wrong, I like ketchup too. But there’s a time and place for it. Ketchup on a burger? Go nuts. But with an authentic Indian curry? Is that really necessary?

Apparantly, it is if you live at my house. My husband and three of my four kids will not eat their rice and curry without ketchup. It’s a sad state of affairs. If it was just the kids I would stop buying ketchup.

If only life were that simple.

The thing is, I struggle every day with my own personal vices.

Hmm. Let me think…

Soda, chocolate, cakes (of all shapes and sizes), cookies and well, my list could go on. And on.

So, it’s hardly fair to insist that my ketchup loving better half get over his ONE addiction.

Since I can’t stop serving the darned thing, I did the next best thing. I searched high and low for a home made version so that I can eliminate the white sugar and glucose/fructose that is prevalent in store bought brands. Our family gets enough sugar in other foods (i.e. sweet treats) and quite frankly, we don’t need to consume even more refined sugars in foods where they are simply not needed. One tablespoon of store bought ketchup typically contains 4g of white sugar. That’s one teaspoon in each tablespoon consumed!

The ketchup dilema has been on my mind for awhile now and a few weeks ago, Heather aka the Mommypotamus came to the rescue with her home made ketchup recipe. The timing couldn’t have been better!

I tried it out today and this version of homemade ketchup can fool even the most savy ketchup fanatic. The best part is that it takes barely 5 minutes to put together.

Absolutely brilliant!

5.0 from 2 reviews
5 Minute Homemade Ketchup
  • 11 oz no sodium tomato puree (I use Hunt brand which comes in 5.5 oz cans)
  • ⅓ cup honey, or maple syrup (I use honey)
  • ⅓ cup apple cider vinegar (original recipe calls for an additional 2 tbsp but I find this to be overpowering)
  • 2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp unrefined sea salt (I use Himalayan, pink salt)
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  1. Place all ingredients in a small pan and mix together with a wooden spoon.
  2. Bring to a boil, then simmer until desired consistency is reached (I had to add ¼ cup water to reduce the thickness of the sauce. I guess it all depends on the brand of tomato puree you use.
  3. Store in the fridge for 1 -2 weeks.


You can find the original recipe by Heather at Mommypotamus here.

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  • Marg June 25, 2017, 3:22 pm


  • Dani August 23, 2016, 6:42 pm

    Really great recipe! I never post stuff, but this is fabulous. Thank you so much.
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  • plasterers bristol June 2, 2016, 1:18 pm

    oh wow, i remember making these as a kid. Old school classic.


  • Tfair5609 July 9, 2015, 6:03 pm

    There’s a big difference between tomato paste and tomato purée. Which one is it? I used purée and it was very watery and sour!

    • Saida July 20, 2015, 7:36 pm

      I use tomato purée. The consistency is thick and “paste” like. It is usually sold in small 5-7 oz cans. I’m in Canada. If you found it watery perhaps you used something like crushed or strained tomatoes? What part of the world are you in? I think in England they call these small cans tomato paste and tomato purée is what we in North America refer to as crushed tomatoes.

  • Melodie June 20, 2015, 5:41 pm

    Great recipe! I ran out making my favorite BBQ sauce, whipped this up and it was perfect. I didn’t have tomato paste, so drained a can of whole tomatoes, whirred them up in the Ninja, and just cooked it down longer. Better than store bought, thanks!!!

    • Saida July 2, 2015, 12:53 am

      Whole tomatoes… that’s good to know. I don’t always have tomato paste in my pantry but there’s always a tin of tomatoes lurking in there!

  • Davina November 26, 2013, 12:07 am

    I can so relate to this!! My husband puts ketchup on a lot of stuff. There’s nothing like slaving over a hot stove, making what you think a perfectly seasoned or sauced meal and then having someone pour ketchup on it.. really?? I like ketchup once in awhile, maybe over some tater tots or fries, but thats about it. But like you, now my kids are starting to do it. They see dad putting ketchup on something and they think they need it too, frustrating! It’s nice to know, I’m not the only one. Thanks for the recipe.

    • saida November 26, 2013, 9:38 am

      Exactly! It’s like you’re making different flavoured ketchup dinners. One night it’s curry flavoured ketchup. Another night it’s tandoori flavoured ketchup and then there’s pasta with marinara flavoured ketchup! It’s crazy silly. I know what you mean about slaving over the cooktop. I mean what’s the point when your meal is going to end up tasting like ketchup anyway?

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