A Duck’s Oven just made the move from Eugene to Portland. It was sad and scary and really, really sad, but the adventure has been fun thus far! I’m living in a fantastic neighborhood filled with incredible restaurants and having a wonderful time decorating a new apartment. My kitchen is going to be fantastic and I’m very excited to take you on a tour of it once it’s finished!
Anywho, all those lovely restaurants are what inspired this post. So many of them use local ketchup (I don’t want to type … catsup … at least more than that one instance- it just irritates me) and that ketchup is so tasty, so I thought, why not whip up my own? And better yet, if it turns out good, why not dole it out to friends and family as a Christmas gift?
The process ended up taking longer than I expected, but it was relatively easy and really fun. To start, roughly chop an onion.
And a couple of celery stalks.
Pour a little bit of olive oil into the bottom of a stock pot. Make sure it’s nice and deep- you’ll be using an immersion blender later and the deeper the pot, the less likely the splatter. I’ve had to learn this lesson the hard way.
Add the veggies and chili powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, and a little ginger.
Throw in some minced garlic and Italian seasoning for good measure and cook for 15 minutes over medium heat to sweat the veggies and let them absorb some of the seasoning.
While the veggies are cooking, roughly chop up two pounds of roma tomatoes. Chop them a liiittle more than this.
Throw them into the stockpot along with cold water. Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce to simmer for about 25 minutes, or until the liquid has reduced. Take your immersion blender to it…
And puree until there absolutely cannot be not a single chunk left. That’s right.
Set a fine mesh strainer over a large bowl and push the pureed mixture through the fine mesh strainer to get rid of pulp, seeds, and any missed chunks.
You’ll be left with this in the strainer…
And this in the bowl.
Kind of orange, I know. This whole process made me think companies must dye their ketchup. Or it could just be different tomatoes. Next, pour the tomato mixture into a clean pot and add brown sugar and apple cider vinegar. This is what truly makes it ketchup!
Let it simmer for about 45 minutes, until it’s the right consistency. And then you have ketchup!
Spread it on a burger, dip some fries in it, or whatever else you spread ketchup on. Or, can it like I did and give it away! It’s a fun, different, and homemade gift.
- 1 sweet onion, roughly chopped
- 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- ¼ tsp ground ginger
- 1½ tsp minced garlic
- 2 tsp Italian seasoning
- 2 lbs roma tomatoes, roughly chopped
- ¾ cup cold water
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- Stir together the onion, celery stalks, olive oil, chili powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, ginger, garlic, and Italian seasoning in a large stock pot over medium-low heat. Let the vegetables sweat for 15 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes and water to the stock pot. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Let simmer for 30 minutes, or until mixture has reduced.
- Use an immersion blender or a blender in batches to puree the mixture until completely smooth. Push the mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove any “pulp”, seeds, and chunks.
- Pour the tomato mixture into a clean pot and add the apple cider vinegar and brown sugar. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer. Let simmer for about 40 minutes, or until thick and the consistency of ketchup.
- Pour into sanitized jars and seal tightly. Ketchup can last up to six months.