Thursday, May 31, 2012

REPOST- My favorite DIY Catsup Recipe

This originally was a post when taking a personal challenge from Beth to make my own catsup- This is the best tasting DIY catsup recipe I have found

As accustomed as I am to not having original thoughts shut me up on this blog, today I think I will copy Fake Plastic Fish. Yesterday Beth made wonderful mustard and eliminated one more plastic condiment bottle from her clutches. Today I will make Catsup in an effort to eliminate a plastic bottle from mine!
This recipe is from the All Things Frugal site. I unashamedly stole it. First gather your ingredients:
1 Can Tomato Paste
1/4 Cup Water
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon Cumin
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cloves
2 Tablespoons Cider Vinegar

Mix together, cover and refrigerate. (Note the human power mixer I used whereas Beth used an electric blender). *Electric-power consuming Fake Plastique Fish? Fake plastic Fish is really an Electric Eel?

This is how much I got out one batch plus about enough to cover two weenies- Refrigerate and it should keep for a month

The taste of this is very similar to chutney I buy at Trader Joes. Very sweet and good. And while the initial expense of the spices seems far from frugal, I would imagine one could buy them in bulk for a fraction of what I paid. You should also note that keeping in the spirit of FPF, I tried not to buy too many plastic bottle spices- I chose Colman's Dry Mustard (In a tin) and used my Trader Joe's cinnamon (in a glass bottle)- Any way I can now say that I will not buy ketchup in plastic bottles again. Thanks Beth. As far as the frugal goes you use just a small amount of the spices that cost wise it should be good.
*I tease Beth unmercifully in this post. But she is one cool fish, and her campaign against plastic usage is important and sincere. Anything I can do to help reduce plastic waste is always OK by me.


M-on-a-bike said...

Rob, make homemade tartar sauce, too, and you'll never again BUY it!

Plain yogurt, sour cream, a teeny bit of mayo, sweet pickle relish, creamed horseradish, dijon mustard, vinegar, lime juice, a teeny touch of sugar (maybe). Yum! You'll fry up some fish just to eat the tartar sauce!

Kathe said...

Easy and looks tasty too! I may cut back the brown sugar a tad. I don't like my catsup (Katsup? Ketchup?)too sweet.

Gene Ryan said...

Which is worse? All those containers to make ketchup or 1 ketchup bottle