We get complements on our Ketchup at SPiN all the time. The running joke is that we’re taking down the Heinz empire, one bottle at a time. It’s easy to make, tastes great and lasts for ages. Best of all, it’s all natural and you know everything that’s gone into it.
A note on ingredients:
- San Marzano Tomatoes can be found in most Italian grocers. Although they are more expensive, there really is no substitution. They are the best canned tomatoes money can buy.
- This recipe calls for fresh Bay Leaf which can often be difficult to find. Dried Bay Leaf really won’t give you the herbaceous flavour that you get from the fresh leaves. Try Phil’s Place in St Lawrence Market.
- Buy the best cider vinegar you can find. Health food stores often sell cider vinegar that still contains live bacteria culture. This is the kind of vinegar you’re after.
3ea Cans(28oz) of Whole San Marzano Tomatoes
2ea Cans(6oz) of Tomato Paste
2.5 Cups of Brown Sugar
2.5 Cups of Cider Vinegar
3ea Large Sweet Onions, cut into 1cm dice
10ea Cloves of Garlic, sliced
3ea Fresh Bay Leaves
1ea Whole Cinnamon Stick
50ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1. Heat a large pot on medium-high heat. Add the Olive Oil, diced Onion, sliced Garlic, Cinnamon Stick and Bay Leaf. Continue to sauté until the onion and garlic are soft and translucent, without colour.
2. Bring the heat down to medium-low. Stir in the tomato paste. Keep it moving in the pot, this will keep it from sticking to the bottom and scorching.
3. Deglaze the pot with the cider vinegar, and add the brown sugar. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Add the San Marzano Tomatoes.
4. Cook on medium-low, stirring often to keep it from sticking. Reduce the ketchup uncovered by 1/4 of it’s volume. Blend the ketchup until smooth with a blender.
5. Strain the ketchup through a medium fine sieve.
6. Pour into sterile mason jars or glass bottles while still hot and then refrigerate.
Because of the high sugar and acid content, this ketchup will keep for at least a couple weeks.
Please try this recipe and let me know what you think in the comments below.