Saturday, October 29, 2011

0 Home made ketchup vs Heinz ketchup

Why make home made ketchup? Because store bought ketchup is filled with sugars. By making it from scratch you can adjust the amount of sugar in your ketchup, or use honey instead. And it couldn't be easier!  By the way, I just saw today that Heinz is introducing a ketchup made with balsamic vinegar you could use balsamic vinegar in the recipe below and be a trendsetter.
Home made ketchup
¼ c water
2 Tbl brown sugar
3 Tbl vinegar
1 Tbl garlic powder
1 c tomato paste
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper

Mix all ingredients together and store in a resealable container.


Price for home made ketchup: 6 oz = .90 cents
Price for Heinz Ketchup: About .19 cents an ounce, 6 oz = $1.14

Ingredients for home made ketchup: Tomato paste, water, brown sugar, vinegar, garlic powder, salt, pepper

Ingredients for Heinz Ketchup: Tomato concentrate, vinegar, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, salt, spice, onion powder, natural flavoring

Time to prepare: Less than 5 minutes
Time to prepare: None

So you save about .25 cents for 5 minutes worth of work, you don't eat high fructose corn syrup and you can adjust the sugar and salt content yourself. You can add other flavors too, like onion powder, cinnamon, allspice, etc.

I always make my own cocktail sauce – because it's super easy and cheap to make! It costs about .90 cents to make and would cost you about $1.35 to buy the same amount. And you're not eating high fructose corn syrup, xanthan gum, soybean oil, potassium sorbate or sodium benzoate.

Cocktail Sauce
½ c ketchup
3 Tbl horseradish
4-5 drops of worcestershire sauce

Mix all ingredients together and store in a resealable container.

You can adjust hotness yourself, I like mine spicy!

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