Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fresh Tomato Ketchup

I still have tons of fresh tomatoes on my vines so I decided to try my hand at some fresh ketchup!

40 oz  fresh tomatoes*
1 oz sweet onion
1 clove garlic
2/3 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp celery seed
1 pinch of cloves
black pepper to taste

*I leave the skins and seeds, if you prefer you can remove them from your tomatoes beforehand. The skin and seeds holds some great nutrients so I really recommend leaving it!

In a high powered blender process your tomatoes until totally pureed. Add in onion and garlic and puree them as well.

Pour into a 6 quart stock pot and add remaining ingredients.

Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring well.
Reduce heat to medium low, simmer for 60-90 minutes until thickened to your preference, stirring often.

When it is thick return it to the high powered blender and process one more time to smooth out the remaining seeds.  (If you want to cheat and thicken it up even more, add 1/2 tsp xanthan gum into the blender too!)

Return to pot , adjust seasonings and sugar to taste, cover and simmer 10 minutes more.

Pour into a bowl and chill completely and bottle as desired

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