How to make it

  • Dip each tomato into simmering water for about half a minute; then plunge the tomato into a bowl of ice water to halt the cooking process.
  • When you have gone through all the tomatoes, they should be easy to skin.
  • After you have removed the skins, core and seed each tomato, leaving only the flesh.
  • Chop the tomatoes and purée them in a blender until you have a smooth tomato sauce. You should end up with about 1½-2 cups of tomato purée.
  • In a saucepan, heat the oil.
  • Add the minced onion and garlic and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 7 minutes.
  • Add the brown sugar, paprika, allspice, and cloves and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is completely dissolved. Don't leave any small clumps.
  • Add the vinegar and tomato paste and cook over moderate heat until thick, about 3 minutes.
  • Stir in the puréed tomatoes and and simmer over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until your ketchup is very thick, 15 to 20 minutes. (You're basically trying to steam away as much of the tomatoes' extra water as you can)
  • Transfer the ketchup to a blender or food processor and purée until smooth.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • This stuff will keep in the refrigerator for a week or two, but you can also freeze it.

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  • chefmal 8 years ago
    Bleccch, ketchup! But good for guests, and possibly as a gift for the holidays? I'll let you know how it turns out. =)
    p.s. Smoked paprika is the bomb diggity on everything.
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    " It was excellent "
    tuilelaith ate it and said...
    I only like ketchup on my fries. However, my grands love it on everything, including thier grilled cheese sandwiches. I hve been looking for a classic tomato recipe. This is perfect. I like alot of the other none tomato recipes but the kids want this. Thanks for the post. I will be using a non sugar sweetener however as the kids are hyper and sugar is not allowed, another good reason to make it instead of buying it!
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    " It was excellent "
    angelica14 ate it and said...
    Ketchup is divine!!!!! 5+++.
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  • cocoloco 11 years ago
    You wouldn't believe what passes for ketchup in south america, thanks for a real ketchup recipe, now Ill have the most popular burgers on the block.
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  • frankieanne 12 years ago
    This is a wonderful recipe to have! Thank you.
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