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How To Make Homemade Ketchup

Homemade ketchup in a stainless steel pan being stirred.

Learn how to make homemade ketchup from scratch right in your own kitchen using fresh tomatoes from your garden!

The truth is, there is nothing that tastes quite as good as something you make from scratch in your own kitchen.

This is true rather it is special meal, a dessert or something as simple as this homemade ketchup recipe.

This recipe is simply outstanding, plus it’s easy enough to can that you can stock your pantry with enough homemade ketchup to last throughout the winter months.

Once you have a taste of this, you will never go back to store bought ketchup again!

How To Make Homemade Ketchup From Scratch The Easy Way

To make a really thick ketchup you need to remove the tomato juice from the tomato paste.

The easiest way to do this is to use a steamer juicer such as the Mehu-Liisa Juicer Steamer.

When the steamer is finished extracting the juice, be sure to can the tomato juice because it works well in soups or simply to boil down and make homemade tomato soup.

This is tomato juice in its purest form and tastes fantastic.

There are many uses for this, so be sure to can it so you have it in your pantry when you come across a recipe that calls for either water (affiliate link) or tomato juice.

As long as the recipe would taste good if it had a slight tomato flavor you can use the tomato juice you canned in place of water (affiliate link) or other liquid such as broth.

The tomatoes that are left in the top of the steamer juicer are what you want to use to make the homemade ketchup with.

You can remove the seeds and skins or simply blend the mixture until it is smooth, whichever you prefer.

However if you do blend the mixture, the sauce will still contain some seeds and skins.

While this does not hurt anything, some people want a really smooth ketchup, so straining it after it is blended is recommended for those people.

Be sure to follow all safe canning practices when making this homemade ketchup recipe.

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Homemade ketchup in a stainless steel pan being stirred.

How To Make Ketchup From Scratch

  • Author: Sheri Ann Richerson
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: 7 pints 1x




  1. Quarter 24 pounds of whole tomatoes or use frozen ones that are already cut up*.
  2. If you do not have that many, simply put the tomatoes you have on a scale to find out how many pounds you do have, then do the math to change the rest of the ingredients in the recipe.
  3. Place the frozen tomatoes in the top of the Mehu-Liisa.
  4. Turn the heat to medium and allow the Menu-Liisa to extract the juice from the pulp.
  5. While the tomatoes are juicing add three cups cider vinegar to a large saucepan.
  6. Cut a piece of cheesecloth and put the celery seed (affiliate link) and cloves into it, then tie it up and place it inside a tea ball.
  7. Put the tea ball and the cinnamon sticks into the pan with the vinegar.
  8. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat and cover.
  9. Allow this to sit for 25 minutes then pour it into a glass container and allow it to cool. Once it is cool, remove the tea ball and the cinnamon sticks.
  10. Place tomatoes into the spiced vinegar, add one teaspoon of cayenne pepper and boil.
  11. Reduce the heat once the mixture begins to boil and cook for thirty minutes.
  12. The mixture should begin to thicken.
  13. Add ¼ cup canning salt (affiliate link) and 1 ½ cups sugar.
  14. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook for about 45 minutes.
  15. The mixture will reduce by half and be about the consistency of store bought ketchup.
  16. While it is cooking, add garlic powder (affiliate link), chili powder and black pepper (affiliate link) to taste.
  17. For a smooth ketchup, ladle the mixture into a blender and liquefy it.
  18. To preserve, ladle into hot, sterilized pint jars leaving ½ inch headspace.
  19. Wipe jar rim, place sterilized lids and bands on making sure they are snug.
  20. Process in a cold pack canner (affiliate link) for fifteen minutes, remove canner lid.
  21. Let the jars sit for five minutes, then remove them.
  22. When the jars are completely cooled, check to make sure they are sealed.
  23. If not, use immediately or put on a new lid and reseal.


*I freeze my whole tomatoes in season and then make the ketchup once the gardening season is over using the frozen tomatoes.

  • Category: Condiments
  • Method: Stovetop
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How To Store Homemade Ketchup

Once the ketchup is canned and the lids are sealed, be sure to label the jars.

Then remove the band from the jars, use a damp paper towel to wipe the edges of the jar down and then place the jar in a cool, dark and dry place such as a cabinet.

Do not stack the jars because if a jar comes unsealed, it could reseal itself and you would not know.

Once you open a jar, use a plastic canning jar lid (affiliate link) to reseal it and then place the jar in the refrigerator. 

The ketchup will last quite a while kept in this fashion, although it is recommended to use the ketchup up within a week once the jars are opened.

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