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Handcrafted Ketchup

Take one family full of kids who love ketchup, and me who forgot to put it on the shopping list. Then add in one massive storm of snow and ice, and we ran out. So I got cooking and made up a batch of handcrafted ketchup. Which tastes so much better, and has an adult taste profile. All that, and it costs less than corn syrup free ketchup at the store….and that is even with using organic ingredients! Fair warning….your home will smell like it for a while, but it’s a really warm and tasty smell!

Handcrafted Ketchup


  • 2 Tbsp avocado or olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 14.5 ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp molasses
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 tsp granulated garlic
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground allspice
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger


Heat a large non-reactive saucepan (stainless steel or coated) over medium heat, add in oil and onion. Saute for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring often.

Add in the tomatoes, tomato sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, and spices.

Bring to a simmer, stirring. Lower the heat so it just simmers and cook for 45 minutes, stirring often. Keep an eye on it so you don’t scorch it.

Take off the heat and let cool for a bit, stirring to help it cool.

Transfer to a high-speed blender, cover lid with a clean kitchen towel, process until smooth.

Pour into a quart mason jar and let cool in refrigerator uncovered. Put on a lid once cooled.

Ketchup is good for a month stored in refrigerator.