Hi Foodies! This tomato ketchup and tomato paste recipe is super easy to make, rich in flavor, and healthier than the store-bought version.
Probably the most famous tomato sauce in the world, ketchup is super versatile and can be used in a lot of different recipes. An all-time favorite among kids and grown-ups, ketchup is a staple sauce for so many dishes, just think about chunky hot chips, hot dogs, or burgers.
Choosing the Right Tomatoes for Tomato Essentials
There is one thing you should keep in mind: While any tomato can be used to make pasta, the kind of tomato you pick will make a difference in your final yield. The times when I’ve made it with heirloom slicing tomatoes, my finished yield filled just three tiny jars; the times when I’ve used meaty paste tomatoes, I got almost twice that. So bear that in mind before diving in with those precious heirlooms.
Why Make Your Tomato Paste?
Homemade tomato paste is an entirely different and utterly more delicious beast than the kind you can buy at the supermarket. It takes about a day to make (happily, much of that work is hands-off), and in the end, you’ll have enough tomato paste to last you through several cooking projects.
Homemade Tomato Essentials Storing
This recipe can be store in an airtight jar, but if you’d like to take the easy way out, portion the finished paste into ice cube trays, freeze, and then bag and label the frozen cubes.
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Tomato Ketchup Ingredients
- 2 ½ kg red tomatoes
- 8-10 garlic cloves
- 3 inches ginger cubes piece
- 1 medium onion
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3-4 cloves
- 200 grams sugar
- 2 teaspoons red chili, powder
- 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
- ½ teaspoon mustard powder
- 1 cup vinegar
Step 1: Chop tomato and cook on low flame
- Wash and cut tomatoes into cubes.
- In the pot, add tomatoes, garlic, ginger, onion, cinnamon stick, cloves and mix well.
- Cover and cook on low flame for 30 minutes and keep stirring in between.
Step 2: Blend the tomato and make puree
- Remove cinnamon stick, pour the whole mixture in a bowl and blend until fine puree, strain well through a fine sieve.
Step 3: Cooking the tomato pulp
- Put it on the stove, in tomato puree, add sugar, red chili powder, salt, mustard powder, and vinegar, mix well and bring it to boil and cook on medium to low flame for 35-40 minutes until thickens (check by plate technique method) and cook until water is reduced approx 8-10 minutes and again check by plate technique method.
- Let it cool. Tomato ketchup is ready.
Tomato Paste Ingredients
- 2 kg tomatoes
- 3-4 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon oil
Step 1: Make Puree
- In the grinder, add tomatoes and grind well until pureed then strain the whole puree with the help of the strainer.
Step 2: Cooking
- In a pot, add tomato puree, bay leaves, and mix well then cook on medium-low flame for 20-25 minutes and keep stirring in between.
- Add sugar, salt and oil, continue mixing and cooking until it reduces to half quantity for 15-20 minutes.
- Remove bay leaves and continues mixing and cooking until it becomes a thick paste.
- Let it cool.
- Tomato ketchup can be store in a dry and clean jar for up to 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator.
- Tomato paste can be store in an airtight jar for up to 10 days in the refrigerator.
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Urwa (author) from East County & Cooking and Baking Expert on April 29, 2021:
Thanks a lot, Devika for reviewing
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 28, 2021:
Your recipe ideas a re useful and for me such recipes are worth the try.
Urwa (author) from East County & Cooking and Baking Expert on April 28, 2021:
Oh, great Peggy thanks a lot for reviewing.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 27, 2021:
I should have had this recipe years ago when I had a bumper crop of tomatoes! Your recipes sound good. Thanks!
Urwa (author) from East County & Cooking and Baking Expert on April 27, 2021:
Linda thank you so much for reviewing
Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 26, 2021:
Your recipes sound very tasty. I love your version of tomato ketchup. It sounds much nicer than the store-bought product!