I decided to cut down on over processed and sugar filled foods. One culprit I thought I might be able to make from scratch was ketchup. After researching recipes on the internet that spanned slow cooking tomatoes for 12 hours and then stove top for 4 hours, to recipes that mimicked commercial ketchup, I picked and choose ingredients from various recipes and added some of my ingredients and came up with a quick easy homemade ketchup. Will the kids and fussy friends like it? Probably not, but for those looking for a great tasting tomato sauce for burgers or dipping crusty bread with low sugar and no additives then this recipe is awesome.
recipe makes about eighteen ounces.
2 and 1/2 pounds tomatos – quartered to create 1 1/2 inch segments.
1/2 medium size red onion – chopped.
1 celery rib – halved down middle and then chopped.
2 clove garlic – minced.
1/4 cup brown sugar.
1/8 (or less) cup maple syrup.
1 Tbsp olive oil.
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar.
1 tsp Sriracha sauce.
1/2 tsp mustard powder.
1/4 tsp fennel.
1/4 tsp cayenne.
1/8 tsp liquid smoke.
a few cranks on the grinder for salt and pepper.
Quarter the tomatoes and place in large soup pot.
Add the vegetables to the pot.
Add olive oil and vinegar and heat at medium high for for a few minutes and then mash the tomatoes with a potato masher. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring and mashing occasionally.
Using a submersible handblender to puree the mixture until smooth.
Cook on low simmer without a pot lid until you get the thickness of ketchup you prefer which should take around 2 hours.
Turn heat off, let the ketchup cool and then using funnel fill clean bottles and refrigerate. Should be okay for a week refrigerated. But remember there are no preservatives so it will spoil …. so use it while its good!
You need to read my 5-Star reviewed novel VEYRON to get up to speed for this summers sequel DESERT ICE.
Reviewed By Eileen Johnson for Readers’ Favorite – 5 stars
In Veyron by Roger Scouton, Jack Fields and Amber Reyes are a high powered team hired to oversee a security job at the Marine Corps Warrior’s Hospice Car Rally, a rally of classic cars in Arizona. The most classic and most expensive of the cars in the rally is a Bugatti Veyron owned by Prince Ahmed. Jack and Amber are ex-military and clandestine operatives hired by the insurance firm in London to work with Colonel Day, whose organization is providing security for the event. Of course, the event does not proceed as planned, as priceless cars are stolen, owners are killed, and the Prince is kidnapped during the rally. Now, Jack and Amber are required to use their considerable skills and connections to solve the mystery and bring the perpetrators to justice. Veyron is a sequel to Roger Scouton’s book Goldplay in which readers were first introduced to Jack and Amber, the team of protagonists in his new novel. Not having read the first novel, I am sure there is some back story that describes how Jack and Amber ended up being a couple and a team. However, Veyron definitely stands on its own and the reader should not feel compelled to read Goldplay first. Having said that, the energy, characters, and plot line in Veyron were so interesting that I intend to go back and read Goldplay, too! The best part about Veyron is that the reader essentially gets three stories in one book. The characters are the glue that holds the book together – and the primary and secondary characters are wonderful. I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes action, adventure, and mystery.
Good Eating and Table Talk,
Available in select bookstores, and all e-book formats,. Signed copies available through http://www.rogerscouton.com