Sugar-free Ketchup

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Okay, okay, okay.  I know I’ve been absent lately – we’ve just moved into our adorable new house that we’ve been working on since FEBRUARY and I am in full on nesting mode.  However, I do have quite a few fun DIY’s, Makers and guest posts coming your way, so be patient with me.  Today, I though I might share another recipe with you that will appeal to young and old alike.  We went through a stage in which Scar-fish just wouldn’t eat ANYTHING unless it was shmeared with ketchup, so I thought I might need to find a recipe for this magic sauce that left out all the yucky, nasty preservatives in order to support this practice (whatever works, right?).

This recipe comes to you via Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar for Life cookbook.  This amazing woman has started a whole movement with something as simple as changing her own lifestyle.  Just goes to show that nothing sells an idea better than real results.  She has done some amazing work and I would highly recommend purchasing this cookbook for your home (I use it daily).  Not only is it filled with wonderful, healthy and (most importantly) easily achievable recipes, it’s also packed with tips, hints and plenty of information to equip you for your journey to health and wellness.  You can find out more about Sarah here and the I Quit Sugar movement here.

(Not your nasty store bought ketchup) Ketchup

4 x 16oz (440g) cans peeled, diced tomatoes
1/2 onion, chopped
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp honey or maple syrup (100%)
1 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Place all ingredients into a pot and bring to a boil, stirring to distribute the spices evenly. Reduce heat and simmer for about 50 minutes or until the sauce reduces to almost half and is quite thick. Blend with stick/regular blender or food processor. If the sauce is still a bit too runny, return to heat and reduce for a little longer. Store in a clean glass jar in the fridge for up to 1 month (I divide my mixture and freeze half so it doesn’t spoil).

NOTE:
You can also do this in an electric slow cooker: cook all of the ingredients on high for 2-2 1/2 hours. After blending, return it to cooker for another 30 minutes, without lid, to thicken.

ADULT VARIATION:
Add 1 tsp of cayenne pepper for a ketchup that really packs a punch! Perfect for impressing at those summer cookouts.

BBQ VARIATION:
Mix together 1 cup of your homemade ketchup, 2 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon of Tabasco, 1 clove of garlic (chopped fine), 1 Tbsp paprika, 2 Tbsp of chilli powder (optional) and 3 Tbsp of honey or coconut sugar (use your discretion on this one, you may like a sweeter BBQ, you may not.  Don’t be afraid to taste as you go and add or omit anything you feel).

There you have it!  A great recipe and a bunch of variations to keep you away from your run-of-the-mill, store bought poison.  Like I said before, it’s a HIT with the littles and if they’re putting up a fight with their food, put some ketchup on it!

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I am Amylee - Maker, married to a fellow Maker, mama to a mess in a tutu and big time dreamer in small town Oklahoma.  I wish I was stylish enough to have a fashion blog, but I might just write a lot about coffee.

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