Saturday, June 18, 2011

HOMEMADE CATSUP IN A BLENDER (KETCHUP)

HOMEMADE CATSUP IN A BLENDER
(KETCHUP)

It’s really just for fun - but did you know that you can easily make ketchup (or catsup) at home? Here is a no-cook recipe, and while it can be canned for long-term pantry storage (as are the more traditional recipes - those made from whole tomatoes, and cooked into a sauce), this recipe will keep for several months, just as-is, in the refrigerator. Of course, you may add other seasonings to make a creative and unique product - or make it less spicy by reducing or eliminating the red pepper flakes.

MAKES APPROXIMATELY 1 1/2 CUPS

1 onion, cut into chunks
1 clove, garlic (left whole)
5 tablespoons, frozen apple juice concentrate (undiluted)
1 6-ounce can, tomato paste
1/2 cup, cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon, pepper
1/4 teaspoon, red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon, ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon, ground cloves

In a blender, combine the onion pieces, garlic clove, and apple juice concentrate and blend until a puree is formed. Add the tomato paste, vinegar, pepper, red pepper flakes, cinnamon, and cloves. Blend until ketchup is smooth. Store in the refrigerator in a tightly covered jar.

Recipe adapted from: The Burger Book, by Honey and Larry Zisman (St. Martin’s Press

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