What single condiment has the ability to improve any food? Ketchup, of course. At least that’s how your kids might see it.


  • 6 pounds of fresh tomatoes OR (2) 46 oz. bottles of tomato juice
  • 1-1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 medium onion, about a cup, cut into quarters
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed (see this video for easy peeling)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp paprika
  • 1 cup honey


If using fresh tomatoes, process them until they are simply juice. See the videos below for instruction. If starting with juice, proceed to step one.

  1. Combine all ingredients except for honey. Simmer till ketchup-thick, about 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally then more frequently as it thickens. The stirring will prevent burning.
  2. Remove bay leaf.
  3. Add honey and heat a while longer to return to ketchup thickness. Stir frequently to prevent burning, lowering the heat if necessary.
  4. Remove from heat and puree with blender to smooth and incorporate remaining onion and garlic.


Yields about 5 cups.

Ketchup will keep for a long time in your fridge.

Make a large batch and process them in a canner to make it shelf stable for even longer storage.


This video also contains info for using a food mill to remove seeds and skins from tomatoes.

This short video shows you how to remove the skins from tomatoes.

For more videos visit my YouTube channel:

4 Responses to “Ketchup”

  1. 1 Mrs.D April 14, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Why bother with the honey at all? If you’re using good tomatoes, you shouldn’t need *any* sweetener!! I would use apple cider vinegar in this recipe, as well. If you’re going to store it in the fridge, it will be just fine. Water-bath canning a few 1/2 pints of it will do, as well.

    Ditch the honey & cut the carbs! Tomatoes and white onion have plenty of carbs all by themselves. . . .

    • 2 Kamal March 9, 2013 at 6:36 am

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