Back in the day (in toddler years that’s really only a few months) Little J ate anything- or at least took a bite of what I put in front of him. Fast forward to now and eating is a battle! Not always, but lately dinner has been our least successful meal and getting my kid to eat protein means I need to get crafty. Unfortunately the only crafty idea I came up with was to serve chicken with a side of ketchup to “dip dip.” He loved it…a little too much unfortunately, now we can’t eat chicken without it!
This worked for us until I took a gander at the back of the ketchup bottle and saw a list of ingredients: tomato concentrate from red ripe tomatoes, distilled vinegar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Salt, Spice, Onion Powder and other natural spices. First of all, I realized that I had a variation of all of these ingredients in my fridge and pantry and secondly, high fructose corn syrup? Are we still doing this? Apparently so but not in the M house any more!
So here it is, the M Family Ketchup recipe. I unfortunately do not have a photo step by step since this recipe was really a trial and error until I got the flavor and taste that I wanted but it was worth it. Little J had no idea he was eating anything different. For now, I decided to store this in a spare mason jar but I am not against rinsing out a ketchup bottle and storing it in there, that way, no one will know the difference. Sneaky Mom.
- 11oz of Tomato Paste (Hunts sells mini cans in 5.5 oz)
- 1/3 cup of Honey
- 1/3 cup of White Vinegar
- 1 and 1/2 TBSP of Onion Powder
- 1/2 TBSP of Garlic Power
- 1 TSP of Salt
- 1/4 TSP of All Spice
- Stir together all the above ingredients into a sauce pan and bring to a boil and then simmer until you reach the desired thickness.
A few tips:
- If you feel the mixture is too thick just add a small amount of water.
- I suggest storing this for the same amount of time that you would tomato sauce, 1-2 weeks max.
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