Monday, February 12, 2018

Sometimes it's the little things.... Like Ketchup!

Ketchup!    Have you ever thought about Ketchup?    I have.   Read your labels on your ketchup bottle and see that there are some ingredients in MOST ketchups that I don't know what they are or nor do I want to.    BUT .... I love ketchup!    I don't like to spend a lot of money just to be healthy but I like everyone else enjoy being healthy, participating in healthier lifestyles and not paying more money than I need to at the grocery store.   

I make many of our salad dressings (thousand island, italian, ranch), condiments, cocktail sauce,  BBQ sauce and anything else that I can to save money,  when I can't get free or close to free at the grocery store.  To that point,  people often speak of how inconvenient it is to go "scratch" rather than pre-made.   In this recipe I am using a pre-made product (tomato paste) that can and would be scratch except that I paid about 4 or 5 cents for a boatload of tomato sauces and pastes at Food Lion a while back.  

ALL OF THE ITEMS BELOW WERE ALREADY IN MY CABINET except the White Wine Vinegar.   I picked that up on sale and it will go a long way for this recipe and a couple of others that I have on the list to make next (mayo etc)!!!  SO HERE IT IS : 


Of course you can alter , add, subtract to any of the ingredients I used to make it your own...
Everyone's Tastes are Different!


6 ounces Tomato Paste
1/4 cup Dark Brown Sugar  ( I used Truvia Blend)
1/4  teaspoon Dry Ground Mustard
1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/4  scant teaspoon Cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon  of Ground Clove
1/8 teaspoon of  Onion Powder
2 pinches of Allspice
Grind some Garlic (to taste)
1 pinch of Cajun Seasoning
1/3  cup Water
4 tablespoons White Wine Vinegar

Mix them ALL UP ... its that easy , some measuring spoons , whisk and some jars is all you need.

The Finished Product!!!  Will last about a month in your FRIDGE!

My Ketchup will not last that long.... but if you need it to last longer then you can "can" them to seal and store.  This is especially helpful if you have a bunch of tomatoes in the summer! 

I will be posting more of these easy smeasy recipes for you in the future to help with your "little things" that adds up to SAVING MONEY and KNOWING what you are putting in your body, all of the ingredients I used I can pronounce!!!

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