How to Make Ketchup

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OMG! I have finally found a ketchup recipe that we LOVE. I have tried a few and this one hits the mark. The secret? Simmering. The base is tomato paste and it really needs to be cooked to bring out the flavor and take the edge off of the raw intensity of it.

Now, we have homemade, organic, vegan ketchup that even a 7 1/2 year old can love! I make it a little sweeter than the original recipe from An Oregon Cottage and it is so good, all I want to do is eat it straight up but I just keep making things to dip into it!

So, I will not be buying store bought ketchup again. This takes all of 20 minutes and I know exactly what is in it. And if you stock your pantry well, you should have everything on hand that you need to make it.

6 oz. tomato paste
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup agave
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons + 2 more tablespoons filtered water, if too thick
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce to a low simmer. Cover and cook for 15 to 20 minutes.

Transfer into a glass jar and cover. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use. Enjoy!

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