Evelynne is a connoisseur of ketchup; namely where it’s placed on her plate and how much she’ll need before she can even consider eating her meal. I decided to have a go at making my own ketchup and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to make and how good it tastes. I enjoy having something culinary on the go whilst I do other jobs and listen to the radio. As we approach Christmas it’s a lovely jar of something to make for a friend that a little bit different. The final product is so authentic you have to bash its bottom before it will yield to your chips.
125ml cider vinegar
1 small yellow onion
1 garlic clove
70g light brown sugar
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp onion salt
1/2 tsp all spice
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp ancho chilli flakes
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
3 cloves, 1 stick of cinnamon
1 bay leaf
- Put the spices in a piece of muslin (cheesecloth) and tie tightly with string. You can experiment with different herbs, spices and vinegars to get different flavour results.
- Peel and chop the onion. Roughly chop the tomatoes then put everything in a large stock pot.
- Bring everything to a gentle boil (slow bubbles forming rather than boiling rapidly) for 30 minutes.
- Use a stick blender to blend the mixture.
- Strain the sauce through a fine sieve into a wide skillet or frying pan to remove all the bits of veg and spice.
- Simmer the sauce for 30 minutes to thicken.
- Decant to a jug then pour into sterilised jars or bottles.