Prep 1 hr
Cook 3 hrs
Nothing tastes better then homemade ketchup on a grilled burger. With all the gardening plans coming up, I thought this would be a good time to post this recipe. Very easy to do.
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1 1⁄2 cinnamon sticks, broken
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons whole cloves
- 1 teaspoon celery seed
- 8 lbs tomatoes (24 medium)
- 1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne
- 1 cup sugar
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- Mix the first 4 ingredients in a saucepan.
- Cover and bring to boil.
- Remove from heat and let stand.
- Wash, core, and quarter tomatoes.
- Drain in a colander, discarding liquid.
- Place tomatoes in a large pot.
- Add onion and cayenne.
- Bring to boiling.
- Cook for 15 minutes, stirring often.
- Put mixture through a food mill; discard seeds and skins.
- Add sugar to the tomato juice.
- Bring to boil and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until reduced by half (measure depth with a ruler from start to finish).
- Strain vinegar mixture into tomatoes, discarding spices.
- Add salt.
- Simmer for about 30 minutes or until it reaches desired consistency, stirring often.
- Water Bath Canning-------------.
- Prepare ketchup as above.
- Pour hot ketchup into hot, clean pint jars, leaving a 1/2 inch head space.
- Wipe jar rims clean.
- Adjust lids.
- Process in boiling water bath for 10 minutes (start timing when water boils).
My husband is a ketchup freak - puts it on everything, so I thought I'd try this. Very, very good. We had it on hamburgers first and it was a winner. I think it would be easy to modify it to make it a little hotter, less sweet, however you like your ketchup. We thought this was perfect. By the way, I used plum tomatoes and just doubled the number and it was still great.
Loved it, loved it! thanks for the recipe!