Welcome back friends!
I'm so excited to be sharing this post with you today! I had mentioned in last weeks Weekly Wishes that I wanted to learn how to make ketchup...ta-da! I have made ketchup!
Things I've learned from the ketchup making process...
1. 4 pounds of tomatoes is not as much as you think it is.
2. Burning your hands with boiling tomato water is not so good.
3. Make ketchup with someone else in the kitchen so they can assist you when you burn your hands with boiling tomato water. Thanks Andy.
4. Real, homemade ketchup is MUCH better than the bottled kind.
5. Making ketchup will make you feel like you can make anything. You probably can.
What you'll need...
-1/2 cup chopped onion
-1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
-1/3 cup of sugar
-1/2 cup white wine vinegar
-2 teaspoons of salt
-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Now, let's make ketchup!1. Combine tomatoes, onion, and cayenne pepper in a pot. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Simmer, uncovered, for about 15 minutes or until tomatoes are soft, stirring occasionally.
2. Add tomato mixture to blender. This is where my blender decided to play a joke on me and unscrew at the bottom, burning my hand and spitting weird tomato water all over the place. It was a good time.
3. Strain the mixture (this is how you'll get rid of the seeds and skin of the tomatoes).
4. Stir sugar into tomato puree and bring to a boil. Simmer, uncovered, for about 45 minutes or until mixture is thick enough to form a soft mound on a spoon, stirring frequently.
5. In a small pot, combine vinegar, salt, cinnamon, and cloves. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 10 minutes.
6. Stir vinegar mixture into tomato mixture. Cook and stir over low heat about 5 minutes. Chill completely before eating.
Make yourself some delicious fries to go along with your equally delicious ketchup! Cut up some potatoes, drizzle with olive oil & salt and bake them for 25-30 minutes.