Thursday, December 16, 2010

Oh, I'm not done with ketchup yet!

Next time Cliff is out of ketchup, I'll try making my own, assuming I have a can of tomato paste on hand.  I found this simple recipe online.  

Fresh, Easy and Sodium-Reduced Homemade Ketchup
Makes 1 cup

1 can (5-1/2 oz) tomato paste
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 cup packed 
brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup water
1 pinch cloves
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 pinch allspice

In jar or bowl, combine all ingredients, mixing well. Cover and store in refrigerator for up to 1 month. Makes about 1 cup.

l found another article with believable facts about ketchup HERE.  Not a word about the Supreme Court stuff.  

Interesting Facts about Ketchup

  • 97% of American homes keep ketchup in their kitchen.
  • Each person eats about 3 bottles a year.  (Cliff is no doubt eating several other people's shares)
  • A tablespoon of ketchup has 16 calories and no fat.
  • 4 tablespoons of ketchup have the nutritional value of an entire ripe, medium tomato.
  • In 1992, ketchup sales were $723 million.
  • As with wines, there are good and bad ketchup years depending on how sweet and flavorful the tomato harvest.
  • Most brands are made from tomato paste or tomato concentrate, boiled down in late summer when tomatoes are harvested, and used throughout the year to cook the final product.
  • Ketchup made in summer is made directly from ripe tomatoes.
  • Ketchup is great for restoring the glow to copper pots and pans. The acid in ketchup removes tarnish and brings out the shine.

Read more: All About Ketchup (Catsup)


  1. I've seen a lot of ketchup recipes but that one sounds better than some I've seen. You'll have to let us know how you like it if you ever do make some. Who would have thought that ketchup would make for such interesting posts and that there was so much info out there about it. I think there is a lot of folks that love it !

  2. Humm, interest facts. Helen

  3. PS My son puts it on just about everything including his breakfast eggs. Helen

  4. Cliff can have mine if John doesn't beat him to it. I like to taste my food.


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