After we had made up our Ketchup, Luke made hamburger and fries for us; all homemade, from the buns, to the french fries, to the mayonnaise. Believe me Steve and I were trying to figure out how to fund Luke's restaurant it was delicious…. and what a perfect setting for the ketchup final pics.
Homemade Ketchup from Garden to TableIngredients:
6 lbs fresh plum tomatoes
1/2 of 1 medium sized shallot or onion, diced
1 bay leaf
1 pinch of ground clove (about1/8 teaspoon)
3 Tablespoons Paprika
1/2 tsp fresh ginger, julienned (you could also use a pinch of dried ginger instead)
16 ounces Apple Cider Vinegar (or 2 cups)
1 cup organic unbleached No GMO Sugar, Sucanat or any sweetener you prefer. Don't be afraid to taste test for sweet preference.
1 Tablespoons Himilayan salt
- Rinse and chop tomatoes with skins on.
- Place into a large stock pot.
- Add bay leaf, spices and fresh ginger.
- Cook on medium heat for 40 minutes.
- Pour into a sieve type strainer, pressing tomato mixture through until all is well strained. You will want to do this very thoroughly, and may feel as if you are kneading bread. Keep pressing through until there appears to be only skin and seeds left. Be sure to scrape the pulp off from under the sieve with a rubber spatula.
- Put tomato sauce back on the burner, add sugar and vinegar and cook down for another two hours, or until sauce has thickened to desired consistency. This is a little like making apple butter.
- You can store in jars in the refrigerator, or water bath can according to altitude instructions in your area.
- Makes 1 quart
Rinse and chop 6 lbs of Plum tomatoes with skins on.
ginger, and other spices
Simmer on medium heat about 40 minutes.
Strain out seeds and skins.
Press skin and seeds thoroughly into the sieve to get all the juice and pulp out of it.
Put the strained juice and pulp back into the stock pot. Add sugar and vinegar cook another two hours, or until it has thickened to your desired consistency.
Don't let the strong vinegar smell worry you, it cooks down also, and tastes just right when finished.
Makes 1 quart