Tudor Cottage's Homemade Tomato Ketchup

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So very much better than any commercial variety, you'll surely never go back to Heinz. The list of ingredients is a bit long I know, but you may well have most of them in your cupboard and the recipe is easy.  The ketchup will keep in the fridge for at least three months.


  • 3 tins chopped tomatoes in thick tomato sauce 

  • Half tsp. smoked salt 

  • Half tsp. ground black pepper 

  • Half tsp. mustard powder 

  • Half tsp. celery salt 

  • Half tsp. smoked paprika 

  • Half tsp. ground ginger 

  • Half. tsp. ground cloves 

  • 2 fresh bay leaves 

  • 2 fat cloves of garlic 

  • 140g soft brown sugar 

  • 7 tbsps. wine vinegar


  • Empty the three tins of tomatoes into a food processor and whizz to a smooth puree 

  • Transfer to a large saucepan and stir in all the rest of the ingredients 

  • Bring to the boil and then simmer, stirring occasionally, until it becomes thick and the consistency of ketchup.  Taste and adjust the spicing and seasoning to your liking. 

  • Pour into sterilised bottles (jars put through the dishwasher on a hot cycle are fine).  The sealed jars of ketchup will keep in the fridge for at least three months.

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