Ketchup is a staple condiment in my household and while we have tried to cut back knowing the sugars and artificial flavors in commercial condiments, it still seems to creep back at every egg breakfast or BBQ we serve or attend. Since cutting ketchup out of the picture just doesn’t seem to be an option, I thought I would try to make our own. I played around with a few recipes I came across online and tried to balance the ingredients until I came up with something that, if I didn’t tell my husband I switched the ketchup, he wouldn’t know!  I kid you not when I say that this recipe tastes VERY similar to the store bought ketchup we were using.

Homemade Ketchup


– 7oz tomato paste (homemade or store bought- only ingredient should be tomatoes)
– 1/2 cup water
– 2 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
– 2 tbsp raw honey
– 1/2 tsp sea salt
– 1/4 tsp onion granules
– 1/8 tsp all spice
– 1/8 tsp ground cloves


1. Whisk together all ingredients, BUT the water, into a mixing bowl.
2. Slowly add the water until you reach a desired consistency.
3. Keep refrigerated and enjoy!
If you were working with a very smooth/watery paste to begin with, you may need to simmer the ketchup on the stove top to remove excess water from the paste. If you are not gluten intolerant, a 1/4tsp of flour should also do the trick if you are looking for an even thicker ketchup.

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10 Thoughts on “Natural Ketchup in 5 Minutes

  1. Steph Roberts on July 2, 2013 at 5:18 pm said:

    Can’t wait to try this! I have cut back on Ketchup SO much because of how how much sugar is in there – I can’t wait to load up again 🙂

  2. Robin Holman on July 3, 2013 at 1:24 am said:

    Love what you’ve done Kristen. Can’t wait to try the flowers in mason jars. It looks so cute. If you’re interested, when you move back, I have Ted’s moms dill pickle recipe. I’ve made them, they’re easy. We grew alot of dill this year, so I will have lots to share.

    Canned sweet pepper jelly and strawberry jam this weekend. The pepper jelly was a big hit. So much cheaper to make it than buying. Great as a hostess gift.

  3. Melissa on July 12, 2013 at 10:38 pm said:

    Just made this Kristen… Amazing!!! And take it from a real ketchup lover!! 🙂

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  6. My grandsons love ketchup. My daughter gets them the organic which has less sugar. I’m a Heinz catsup lover. The others aren’t worth the calories. I’m going to try this one. Thank you.

  7. I just am so excited to have found your site! I love everything!! Thank you!!

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  9. tami reese on December 9, 2013 at 8:46 pm said:

    I have a question….how long can you keep this in the fridge?

  10. The kids love love love ketchup and I’m super excited to try this! How long is this batch good for?

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