Homemade Ketchup Recipe

Did you know making ketchup is really easy?

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Last week, we asked our Facebook friends for suggestions of items they would like to see a recipe for a homemade version. Looking through the list, homemade ketchup caught my eye.

I’ve been wanting to try a homemade version for awhile, and your requests were just the incentive I needed.

So, I set about doing a little research on ketchup (which really has quite an interesting history).  Did you know it used to be made and sold by farmers as a way to use up their less than perfect tomatoes?  Farmers come up with some of the best ideas, don’t they?

After a few tries and failures (some in our house preferred a sweeter ketchup, others tangy), we had a version of ketchup we were all happy with.  This ketchup can be enjoyed right away, but the flavors will develop even more over time.

Homemade Ketchup Recipe

Yields 1 1/2 – 2 cups of ketchup

  • Author: MOMables
  • Cuisine: Condiments


  • 12 ounces tomato paste
  • 2-4 tablespoons sugar (depending on how sweet you like your ketchup)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon all spice
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 4 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/2-2/3 cup water


  1. Place all ingredients, except water, in a medium bowl.
  2. Add water in increments until you have your desired consistency (thicker or thinner).
  3. You can enjoy immediately, or store in an airtight container overnight to enjoy the next day. The flavors develop the longer it sits.
  4. Good for 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator.


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About Alison Bickel

Alison lives in the heart of the mid-west where, along with her husband, they raise their three boys. Whether it’s in the garden, the kitchen or tagging along on her boys’ latest adventure she looks for the simple beauty in everyday from behind her lens. On her blog, ‘this homemade life’ Alison shares tales of mothering, her passion for homemade food and obsession with farmer’s markets.