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I have to be honest. I’m not a big ketchup fan. Some may dip everything from fries to eggs to their fingers in the stuff, but not me.
I’m a mustard girl.
I’ve been getting so many requests for a sugar-free ketchup recipe, though, that I finally just buckled down and made the darn ketchup!
This is for you, Celeste, and all the other ketchup-lovers who challenged me to create this recipe.
My recipe is a whole lot healthier than regular Heinz, too. Just about every bottled ketchup you buy from stores contains added sugar, usually in the form of High Fructose Corn Syrup. Here is the ingredients list from the famous Heinz:
Tomato concentrate from vine ripe tomatoes, Distilled Vinegar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Salt, Spice, Onion Powder, Natural Flavoring.
The third and fourth ingredient of ketchup is sugar made from corn.
This ketchup isn’t exactly like the ketchup you buy in bottles, but personally, I think it is a whole lot better! It tastes more savory than syrup-y, and has a bit more of that vinegar tang. If you really want it to be sweeter like Heinz, try adding a couple drops of pure stevia extract.
I’ll actually dip my (sweet potato) fries in this ketchup….along with a whole bunch of mustard.
Homemade Sugar-Free Ketchup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 3 cups
~Dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, vegan, paleo, corn-free, and sugar-free ketchup!
- 12 oz. tomato paste
- 4 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon mustard
- 1/4 cup+2 Tablespoons water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- Combine all ingredients and whisk until combined. You may wish to blend in order to ensure the spices are evenly mixed throughout.
- It is best to let the ketchup sit together in the fridge for a couple of hours, or overnight, before serving so that the flavors blend together well.
- Store in an airtight container in fridge.
Check the ingredients of your tomato paste. The only item listed should be tomatoes.
This recipe is linked to Allergy-Free Wednesdays.
- Tomato: Best known for its high lycopene content. Lycopene is a carotenoid that may reduce incidences of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and macular degeneration. Tomatoes are especially high in vitamin C and A as well.
- Cinnamon: Studies have shown that it can help lower LDL cholesterol, help regulate blood sugar levels, has anti-clotting effect on blood, and it can boost cognitive function and memory.
Ketchup for Fry-Dipping:
French Fries are the obvious pair for ketchup. Why not try these exciting twists on the classic?
Thought-provoking, mind-prodding question of the day:
Are you a mustard or ketchup person?
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