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Last winter my father introduced my three year old son to ketchup and it has been a love affair ever since.  I went from occasionally buying ketchup to always running out! I can't keep the stuff in the house.  So I researched how to make it myself.  Apparently, at one time ketchup was fermented, but when I'm out of ketchup, I don't want to wait five days for a new batch.  This recipe is just a mix and go!

A few notes – I tried using 2 Tablespoons of sugar, but it was really sweet. So I cut it down to 1 Tablepsoon in the recipe.  Just adjust to what you like.  I used apple cider vinegar for the first go around, but it has too distinct a flavor. Next time I'll use just plain old white vinegar.  Finally, this ketchup is pretty thick so feel free to add more water to thin it out.

Homemade Ketchup


  • 1 jar tomato paste (7 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 scant teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk.
  2. Store in refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 99kcal Calories from fat 6
% Daily Value
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Transfat 0g
Sodium 597mg 25%
Carbohydrate 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 18g
Protein 2g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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