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How to Make Ketchup

Can't find ketchup at the store? Here's how to make it at home
how to make ketchup at home
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You can use pantry staples to make your own ketchup at home -- it's surprisingly easy to do. The best part is you can adjust the seasonings to your liking, even adding some heat via cayenne or curry powder!


  • 12 Ounces tomato paste
  • 1/2 Cup honey, light corn syrup, or brown sugar
  • 1/4 Cup water
  • 1/4 Cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 Teaspoon cayenne or curry powder (optional)


Step 1: In a medium pot over medium heat, add all ingredients.

Step 2: Whisk together until smooth until mixture comes to a boil. If ketchup is too thick, add more water until it reaches your desired consistency.

Step 3: Once the ketchup is boiling, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently, paying special attention to bottom and sides of the pot.

Step 4: Remove ketchup from heat, cover and cool.

Step 5: Chill ketchup in the refrigerator and use on fries, hamburgers, eggs or whatever you desire! Ketchup will keep for 1 month.