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Canned Ketchup

This is an old recipe. It is full flavored and really, really good on burgers, fries, meat loaf, or anything else you want.


  • 10 lbs. ripe tomatoes (paste tomatoes are best since they have less liquid and will cook down faster. I like Opalka and Amish Paste for flavor)
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  • 3 onions, peeled and chopped
  • 2 sweet red peppers, chopped
  • 2 or more cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper, or to taste

Spice Bag:

  • 1 tsp. peppercorns
  • 1 tsp. allspice berries
  • 1 (2 inch) stick of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. whole cloves
  • 1 tsp. celery seed


To peel the tomatoes, put them in boiling water for a minute, then remove and plunge them into ice water. The skins should come off easily. Give each one a bit of a squeeze to get some of the juice out. Chop them coarsely. Combine with the other vegetables and cook over medium low until all are soft. Put through a food mill or puree in a food processor. Return to the pan and simmer until reduced by 1/2, about 30 minutes, depending on how juicy the tomatoes are.

Add the remaining ingredients. Cook slowly until very thick, stirring often. Put in sterilized jars allowing 1/2 inch head space and process for 15 minutes.


Servings: 3 - 4 pints

Prep Time: 15 to 20 Minutes

Cooking Time: 1 1/2 Hours

By Free2B from North Royalton, OH

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August 15, 20110 found this helpful

This sounds really good. Thanks for sharing.

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August 15, 20110 found this helpful

I've never eaten homemade ketchup, but it sure sounds good. My mom used to cook and add various vegetables to store bought catsup, and that was good. I like the idea of starting from scratch and hope to get
to try making my own.

Thanks for sharing. HokeyPoke

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August 15, 20110 found this helpful

I've eaten homemade catsup, and loved the chunkiness of it as it seemed almost like a relish with a delicious twang of tart sweetness.


I'm from a large family of sisters and brothers, and our grandmother always made her own with her own homegrown tomatoes, peppers, and I think she may have added cooked cucumbers to it. I just remember seeing cucumbers on the table when she was making it. Maybe she was making pickles at the same time. I wish now I'd paid more attention.

What a nice food item to know how to make. Thank you for sharing your recipe. Songwriter

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August 16, 20110 found this helpful

Barb, this sounds so good. My dear French Canadian friend who lives in Massachusetts makes this as well as a delicious Green Ketchup. The two sit on her table every meal, and are good enough to make a meal when her homemade bread comes out of the oven, and the cheese curds are set out with them. I have the most wonderful memories of her and her family all gathered around their big table, speaking a language I wasn't very good with, but when they laughed, I laughed too. Theirs was so contagious, and as hearty as the wonderful food.


Thank you for sharing your recipe and the nudge to my Bank of Memories.


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