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Homemade Ketchup: Quick, easy, cheap and natural

I am increasingly having a hard time buying things in the grocery store that have “junk” ingredients. Ketchup is one of them. Such a simple condiment, can’t we just make it? But who has the time? So I usually just buy it. Causing extra packaging to be made and then recycled and me paying more than I should, not to mention ingesting things I’d rather leave to Heinz.

Last night I ran out of bottled ketchup and just HAD to have some ketchup for the kids at dinner!

I’ve tried to make homemade ketchup before and it just didn’t taste like ketchup. It came out more like vinegar and tomato sauce. Not good.

Needless to say, I was a little leery when researching a recipe, but I came across this awesome and so simple recipe from and figured I’d give it a go. It makes 8oz of a sublime mixture of tomato, vinegar, honey and spices. You will not be disappointed.

I actually smacked my lips when I tasted it!

Homemade Ketchup

Adapted from


6 oz can tomato paste (the can which you can upcycle for plant seeds)
1/4 cup honey (or agave)
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup water
1 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp garlic powder


  • Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat; whisk until smooth.
  • When it comes to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often.
  • Remove from heat and cover until cool. Chill and store refrigerated in a covered container.

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Friday 17th of February 2017

[…] least ate some of the nitrate-free turkey hot dogs I also made for the kids with ketchup. LOTS of homemade ketchup. What is it with kids and ketchup? They treat like it’s a side dish. So his dinner consisted […]

Lynne B

Monday 19th of December 2016

This seems so easy! And without all the extra sugar and chemicals! Pinning!


Friday 9th of January 2015

I can't wait to try this! How long did your homemade ketchup stay fresh in the fridge?


Saturday 10th of January 2015

It's so easy I only make 1 cup or two at a time and we use it before it goes bad. I would say at least a month?

Karen D

Wednesday 9th of July 2014

I like the look of this recipe. I've tried other 'no cook' recipes, but they don't taste so great. I had adapted one by adding water & cooking, but I think that the vinegar was a bit short, and that's why I like yours. Trying it next time I need to make ketchup.

Terri S

Sunday 15th of June 2014

I also have tried to make my own ketchup but it was gross. I can't wait to try this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing.