Homemade Ketchup

Yet another easy one.  Prep takes maybe 10m, though it needs to cook for a few hours after that.

Here’s what we use:

  • Tomatoes, 1kg, chopped
  • Shallots, 2, diced
  • Garlic, 6-8 cloves, diced
  • Small, hot dried peppers, 5-6 (like bird’s eyes), freshly ground
  • Large, mild/flavoorful dried pepper, 1 (like ancho), freshly ground
  • Salt, 20g
  • Sugar, 160g (use less if your tomatoes tend to be very sweet)
  • Vinegar, 120ml (we like a mix of red wine vinegar with a bit of cider vinegar)
  • Black pepper, freshly grated, to taste
  • Cloves, 5-8, freshly ground
  • Cinnamon, about 1.5cm, freshly ground
  • Marmite, 1 tablespoon

Measure everything out first, grinding all of the peppers and spices, chopping the tomatoes, and dicing up the garlic and shallots.

Add it all to a large, heavy pan and bring it all to a quick boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer.


Then let it simmer for about 2 hours, until it gets nice and thick.  When it reaches the right consistency, turn the heat off and allow the mixture to cool a bit.


When it is safe to handle, pour it into a blender and pulse on low until the chunky bits are incorporated into a thick paste.  Transfer to a glass jar and let it fully cool before use.


4 thoughts on “Homemade Ketchup

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  2. Hmmm… Homemade is always the best! Thank you for sharing this! I should start to learn to make homemade ketchup 🙂
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