Ketchup is a favorite condiment used everywhere, worldwide. Next time you buy store bought ketchup read the label. Most brands you will find in the grocery store contains A LOT OF SUGAR or worse high fructose corn syrup, salt and other additives and preservatives, who wants that.
Leading brand of Tomato Ketchup – Ingredients: Tomato concentrate from red ripe tomatoes, distilled vinegar, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, salt, spice, onion powder, natural flavoring.
If you have read, Eat smart, live long you will know that high fructose corn syrup has been linked to a number of health issues. Natural flavoring could contain a dozen chemicals, don’t be fooled with the “natural” label as there is no industry regulation for what makes up a “natural” ingredient or food and these ingredients are more than likely made with GMO ingredients and laced with pesticide residue. Why would you want to eat it?
Making your own homemade versions with fresh, local organic ingredients, is going to be way more delicious and healthier. They are easy and quick to prepare and bursting with nutrition.
Easy Homemade Ketchup
Tomatoes offer a range of health benefits, including protection against some cancers and from UV radiation damage from the sun. Tomatoes also support eye health and contain a wide range of nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin A, lycopene, potassium, folic acid and other B vitamins. Cooking tomatoes and using them as a homemade sauce offer loads of goodness with the special properties of lycopene.
In a medium saucepan heat the oil and sauté the chopped tomatoes, onion, garlic, ginger and pepper for 5 mins.
Add the remaining ingredients to the saucepan and simmer gently for 50-60 minutes, stirring frequently. Let this cool slightly then process in a food processor or blender into a smooth consistency.
Once it has completely cooled down then store in an air-tight jar in the fridge for up to 3 months.
Tamari is soy and gluten free. You can use Coconut Aminos instead it is also soy-free and 65% less sodium than soy sauce.
This sauce can be used just like ketchup. You can also add it to pasta sauce recipes or anything that calls for tomato paste, pizza sauce or anything that you fancy.
Carrots and sweet potato can also be added to squeeze in extra vegetables and goodness.