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How To Make Homemade Tomato Ketchup

Who doesn’t love ketchup? This delicious condiment is perfect for topping off burgers and fries, and it’s also a great ingredient for dips and marinades. If you’re looking to save money or if you just want to know what goes into your food, making your own ketchup is the way to go! It’s easy to do, and the results are delicious. In this post, we’ll teach you how to make tomato ketchup at home. Let’s get started!

tomato ketchup recipe uk

Homemade vs store-bought ketchup

There are many brands and types of ketchup available on store shelves. So, what’s the difference between store-bought ketchup and homemade ketchup? Let’s take a look:

Homemade ketchup is usually made with fresh tomatoes, while store-bought ketchup is made with canned tomatoes.

Store-bought ketchups often have added corn syrup, while homemade ketchup does not.

Homemade ketchup generally has a brighter flavour than store-bought ketchup because it is made with fresher ingredients.

Overall, both store-bought and homemade ketchup are delicious condiments that can be used in a variety of ways. The choice between the two ultimately comes down to personal preference, but you have to admit fresh is the best!

fresh tomatoes for ketchup

Tomato ketchup with fresh tomatoes

What types of tomatoes are for tomato ketchup?

For the best flavour, use ripe tomatoes that are fresh from the vine. Maybe you know someone that grows their own tomatoes. I’m sure they’d let you have some if you ask nicely! If you are using canned tomatoes, look for a variety that is low in acidity.

Serving suggestions

I think we all know what tomato ketchup goes well with, but here are a few suggestions:

Chips

Hotdogs

Burgers

Cheese Straws

Nachos

Which spices for ketchup?

Ketchup can be made with a variety of different spices. The spices used in this recipe are:

  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Chilli
  • Cloves
  • Coriander
  • Basil
  • Black Pepper

Experiment to find the perfect spice blend for your taste buds!

What is the difference between ketchup and tomato sauce?

Ketchup and tomato sauce is made from tomatoes, but they differ in texture and flavour. Ketchup is thicker than tomato sauce and has a sweeter taste, while tomato sauce is thinner and has a more savoury flavour. Tomato ketchup is also typically made with spices, while tomato sauce is not.

Ingredients

  • 1 Onion (Chopped)
  • 1 Celery Stick (Chopped)
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic (chopped)
  • ½ Red Chilli (Deseeded and finely chopped)
  • 1 Bunch Basil (Leaves and stalks)
  • 1 tsp Ground Coriander
  • 1 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1 kg Tomatoes (chopped)
  • 200 ml Red Wine Vinegar
  • 70 g Brown Sugar
boiling tomatoes to make ketchup
Simmer gently until reduced by half

How to make your own tomato ketchup (Jamie Oliver)

Tomato ketchup is one of the most iconic and versatile condiments out there. Most people don’t know that it’s actually really easy to make at home, and it only takes a few ingredients and thanks to Jamie Oliver’s recipe, I was able to do it successfully. Here’s how you can do it too:

  • Place all the vegetables in a large saucepan with some olive oil and the ginger, garlic, coriander, ground cloves, chilli and chopped basil stalks. Season with black pepper and salt.
  • Cook gently over low heat for 15 minutes or until softened. Add all the tomatoes and 350ml of cold water. Bring to a boil and simmer gently until the sauce reduces by half.
  • Add the basil leaves, then whiz the sauce with a hand blender and push it through a sieve twice to make it smooth and shiny. Put the sauce in a clean pan and add the vinegar and sugar.
  • Bring to a boil and simmer until it reduces and thickens like the texture of tomato ketchup. Taste to see if it needs more salt and pepper.
  • Transfer to sterilised bottles or jars, then seal tightly and store in a cool dark place.
tomato ketchup recipe uk

How To Make Homemade Tomato Ketchup

Rachel
The best tomato ketchup to go with chips!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dips, Side Dish
Cuisine British
Servings 30
Calories 18 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Onion (Chopped)
  • 1 Celery Stick (Chopped)
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic (chopped)
  • ½ Red Chilli (Deseeded and finely chopped)
  • 1 Bunch Basil (Leaves and stalks)
  • 1 tsp Ground Coriander
  • 1 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1 kg Tomatoes (chopped)
  • 200 ml Red Wine Vinegar
  • 70 g Brown Sugar

Instructions
 

  • Place all the vegetables in a large saucepan with some olive oil and the ginger, garlic, coriander, ground cloves, chilli and chopped basil stalks. Season with black pepper and salt.
  • Cook gently over a low heat for 15 minutes, or until softened. Add all the tomatoes and 350ml of cold water. Bring to the boil and simmer gently until the sauce reduces by half.
  • Add the basil leaves then whiz the sauce with a hand blender and push it through a sieve twice to make it smooth and shiny. Put the sauce in a clean pan and add the vinegar and sugar.
  • Bring to the boil and simmer until it reduces and thickens like the texture of tomato ketchup. Taste to see if it needs more salt and pepper.
  • Transfer to sterilised bottles or jars, then seal tightly and store in a cool dark place.
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Nutrition

Serving: 30gCalories: 18kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 0.3gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.03gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.02gSodium: 5mgPotassium: 77mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 40IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 0.4mg
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