This recipe is safe for someone on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, GAPS or modified paleo diet.
Ketchup is easy to make at home. Homemade ketchup is cheaper and better quality than commercial brands. Once you make homemade ketchup, it’s very hard to go back to commercial brands. One warning, this recipe will not have the standard red color of commercial ketchup.
2T organic extra virgin olive oil
1 organic onion, chopped
2 organic garlic cloves, minced
1tsp sea salt
2L home-canned tomatoes or garden fresh tomatoes
1tsp organic cinnamon, freshly ground
1tsp organic allspice, freshly ground
1tsp organic cloves, freshly ground
1tsp organic black pepper, freshly ground
2 organic bay leaves
1/2c Fruity HP Sauce
3-4T local raw honey
6T organic cider vinegar or 6T live culture juice from whey, kimchi or sour kraut (optional)
In a sauce pan, sauté the onions and sea salt until translucent in the olive oil. Add the garlic, tomatoes and spices. Simmer without a lid for 1-2 hours to thicken the sauce. Let the sauce cool and remove the bay leaves. Add the Fruity HP Sauce and honey. Puree in a food processor or a Vita-mix machine until very smooth. Add the cider vinegar. Pour into two, 1L mason jars and store in the fridge.
If you want to lacto-ferment your ketchup, don’t add the cider vinegar. Stir in about three tablespoons of live culture juice from whey, kimchi or sour kraut into each jar. Make sure the ketchup is cooled before adding the culture or the heat will kill the culture. Let the ketchup sit at room temperature to 1-2 days until the ketchup gets bubbling. Stir again and refrigerate. The fermented ketchup will last longer in the fridge and be a source of probiotics.