Sunday, February 14, 2010

Corn-free Ketchup Recipe

I've had a request for a corn-free ketchup recipe and I just happen to have one. This recipe is not Nourishing Traditions friendly or GAPS friendly, but just a quick, easy ketchup. The ingredients should be easy to find and you may even  have them in your pantry. This recipe uses canned tomato paste (which I hate to buy), but it is winter so there are no safe corn-free tomatoes for sale

Corn-free Ketchup

2 small onions (diced)
1 clove elephant garlic or 2 small cloves (diced)
2 TBSP butter
1/2 tsp. salt
1 large can tomato paste
1 tsp ground cloves (fresh ground is best)
1 1/2 to 2 cans organic sugar (use the tomato paste can for measuring)
2/3 can Bragg's Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (use the tomato paste can for measuring)
1 can water (fill the tomato paste can with water)

Saute the onions and garlic in the butter over low heat until transparent. Add the tomato paste, ACV, water, sugar, cloves and salt. Cook over medium low heat until heated through. Use an immersion blender (stick blender) to puree the onions and garlic. Cook over medium low heat until desired thickness (it will be slightly thicker when cooled) is reached. This makes about 1 1/2 quarts. If this is too much for your family at once, you can scale down the ingredients to fit a small can of tomato paste. Longer cooking times will result in a thicker, richer ketchup.

I used the can for the measurements so it is possible to scale it to any size can of tomato paste you may be able to find. Plus, it means less dirty dishes to wash. My kids love this ketchup and I am betting yours will, too. Once the summer starts, I will make a recipe with fresh tomatoes from my backyard. I can't wait!


  1. This is wonderful! I've been wanting a ketchup recipe, a SAFE one! What a blessing! Thanks for sharing this! :) :) :)

  2. Hi River Glorious, I was just hoping to get a passable ketchup but I have to admit this turned out fabulous. I don't believe there is a store-bought ketchup that can compare, and it was easy.

  3. Yes, Stacey, this ketchup freezes well. It's so easy that you can make just one jar at a time, though.

  4. Can I substitute something for butter? My daughter is allergic to corn and dairy.

  5. Summer, you can use any kind of oil that you like. I prefer organic Extra Virgin olive oil or Tropical Traditions Gold Label organic virgin coconut oil because of purity issues. I avoid all refined oils because of the toxic chemicals (hexane) used for chemical extraction and the contamination issues with citric acid during mechanical extraction. I hope your daughter likes the ketchup. Have you seen the corn-free food list? Some of the members of the Avoiding Corn Forum maintain the list and try to keep it up to date. It's a really good resource because it takes hidden corn (corn used in packaging or processing thus not on the label) into consideration.