Cooking and Baking

Heinz-like Ketchup

First note - I came up with this recipe for my kids so it is as close to supermarket ketchup as you can get and still be homemade. They eat ketchup on a lot of stuff because it is a great way to get them to eat things they might otherwise shun. The hubs and I eat it occasionally on burgers but not much of anything else so this is a kid friendly recipe. As I mentioned in the other thread, nobody I've ever served it to has realized until I told them that it isn't Heinz. The reason I make it myself is so that I know what goes into it.

Second note, I have on more than one occasion made my own tomato paste but in this version I use commercially canned organic tomato paste. Again, this was developed for my kids and the homemade tomato paste turns a darker color that adults don't mind at all but kids find suspicious.

Also, the recipe doubles, triples, quadruples easily. If I get to Costco and can buy large quantities of agave, I make a big old vat of this and store it in my basement fridge or boiling water bath can it for 20 minutes for shelf storage.

About This Recipe

Yield:a lot
Active time:10 minutes to gather ingredients
Total time:15-20 minutes


3-6 ounce cans tomato paste
1 cup agave nectar
1-1/2 cups white vinegar
¾ cup water
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder


Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat, whisking until smooth
Bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 15-20 minutes until thickened, stirring often.
Remove pan from heat and cover until cool.
Chill and store in a covered container.

Note: If canning, do not cool, pack into sterilized jars, cap, and boiling water bath for 20 minutes.

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