Ketchup is the go-to condiment when having some fresh-cut fries but it can also be a valuable cooking ingredient in a dish like meatloaf and it can help you make an outstanding homemade barbecue sauce. Knowing how to make ketchup at home can seem like a daunting task and it does require time and patience, but the benefits of making fresh tomato ketchup from scratch are immeasurable in terms of health and flavor benefits.
Store-bought ketchup is usually loaded with added sugar and preservatives that, while making it tasty, also make it a bad choice when thinking of healthy condiments. When you make ketchup at home, you get to decide exactly what goes in your recipe and you can tweak it to suit your tastes and health needs.
When making ketchup, you'll want a large pot, such as one you'd use for making stock, a slow cooker and a large immersion blender for when the ketchup is finished cooking.
Once you have the basics of a classic fresh tomato ketchup down, it opens up a world of exploration: