Why would you make your own ketchup? Making your own staples is liberating, and ketchup is the gateway drug to this art. Quite suddenly, you’re not dependent upon the selection of brands available in a supermarket aisle. Instead, a fresh batch of fries in need of ketchup means that you can grab a jar of tomato paste and add a couple of ingredients and spices, or dress it up to your taste. You can swap out styles of vinegar, sweeteners, and of course added spices for infinite possibilities to improve this humble condiment.
1-7 oz. jar tomato paste (choose the glass jar! I can almost always find “Bionaturae” brand in any healthier food store near me)
⅓ cup Apple cider vinegar
¼ cup sugar or coconut sugar
¼ + cups water
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp garlic powder; other spices to taste
Mix all ingredients and taste – adjust spices or sweetness to your preference (this is important since most ketchup brands taste slightly different, so adjust the recipe until it’s a ratio that’s perfect for you). Transfer to a glass container and store in the fridge.