Total Time
3hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 3 hrs

I'm posting this recipe as a request from Jeff Hixson-it's very nice and is much, much better than the store stuff!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a LARGE pot cook tomatoes, onions, peppers and garlic for 30-40 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Puree vegetables in a food processor or run through a food mill.
  3. Return to pot.
  4. Tie the seasonings together in a cheesecloth bag and add to the tomato mixture.
  5. Simmer mixture until reduced by about half, or to desired thickness-remember to STIR FREQUENTLY and watch the heat-this can scorch easily depending on your pot.
  6. Remove spice bag when desired thickness is reached, and discard.
  7. Spoon into clean, sterile hot jars leaving 1/4 inch head space.
  8. Seal and process for 10 minutes at altitudes up to 1000 feet.
  9. Any higher please consult canning chart or email me.
Most Helpful

5 5

Really good. Did add 1/2 cup sugar more, and 1/2 T. salt more. Husbands request:)

5 5

WOW! You are so right, Diana, I'll never buy store bought Ketchup again. I have to admit, when everything was done and I was putting the hot ketchup into my mason jars, I took a taste or two. I was disappointed that it tasted too much like spaghetti sauce. But then I opened a jar a few weeks later and couldn't believe HOW GOOD IT WAS! It was ketchup, as we like it, but SOOOOOOO MUCH BETTER! Thanks, Diana! Janine from Illinois

5 5

absolutely amazing! My first taste of homemade ketchup.. and my first time trying it...It's got a wonderful depth of flavor... I made it exactly as posted... however I may have underestimated my tomatoes as I only got 3 1/2 pints out of it... but I plan on making more... no more store bought for us! thanks for sharing this recipe!