Home-made tomato ketchup

Home-made tomato ketchup

Hands up everyone, who loves ketchup. Even those of you, who are ashamed of admitting it. 🙂 If you make home-made tomato ketchup, you will no longer need to hide your love for this “condiment”. Ketchup is essential ingredient for variety of great sauces and meals. So, let’s make some delicious ketchup and add it to every meal you want.

Ingredients (app. 1,3 l ketchup)

Preparation: 5 hours

  • 3 kg tomatoes, cut into quarters
  • 250 g onion, cut into quarters
  • 30 g fresh ginger, grated – optional
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 100 ml red wine vinegar
  • 100 g sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt


  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 allspice berries
  • 8 black peppercorns
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 3 bird’s eye chilies – optional
Ingredients in a pot
Wash thoroughly all the ingredients, cut them into big chunks, add spices, sugar, salt, vinegar and let it cook.


Combine the tomatoes, onion, garlic cloves, ginger, vinegar, salt, sugar, spices and chili in a large saucepan. Adjust the number of bird’s eye chili according to your taste.

Crush the whole spices in a mortar, except for cardamon pods. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low, stirring occasionally.

Cook uncovered until all ingredients are cooked enough to be strained through a sieve. Press the mixture through a sieve to extract as much liquid as possible. Return the strained mixture to the clean pot. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered until the ketchup is thick enough, stirring occasionally.

If necessary, season the ketchup. But keep in mind, that flavors will mature gradually.

Pour the hot ketchup into warm sterilised jars (bottles) and seal immediately. Sterilise in boiling water 20 minutes.

Store in a dry, cool place. Refrigerate after opening.

Ketchup ingredients in a pot
Put all the ingredients in a pot, stir and bring to a boil. Daring ones can add few plums and an apple.
Cooking ketchup
Once the ingredients are cooked, remove the pot from heat.
Straining with kitchen machine
Strain the mixture thoroughly using the sieve or kitchen machine. Transfer the strained mixture to a clean pot and simmer until thickened enough.
Leftovers after straining
Compost leftovers from straining the mixture.
Ketchup in sterilised jars
Pour ketchup into warn sterilised jars, seal immediately and boil in a water for 20 minutes. Enjoy your home-made ketchup.

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