Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Homemade Ketchup

Last year I tried to make homemade ketchup and I did can it but it was not good.  This year I wanted to try it again but I did not want to waste my own tomatoes in case it did not turn out again.  So, I bought this 6 lb. can of diced tomatoes from Sam's Club for $2.53.  Hey - they were Red Gold and were at least processed in Indiana.

I used Mrs. Wages ketchup mix.  It tasted like . . . ketchup!   Success, of course next year I will try it with my own tomatoes (and maybe I might do it again this year), but I need to wait to make sure my family will like it.  We are big ketchup fans here.

With the 6 lbs. of diced tomatoes I ended up with exactly 12 half pints (jelly jar size) of ketchup.

Here is the numbers - I paid $1.50 for Mrs. Wages mix and $2.53 for the tomatoes.  I did have to add tomato paste, sugar and vinegar all totaling about $0.75.  It is about $0.40 per half pint.  Of course, if I would have used my own tomatoes it would have been about $0.20 per half pint - definitely worth it!

What are you canning?


  1. Congrats! Hubby wants me to try ketchup, but he's expecting me to come up with my own thing I'm sure. I'm a big chicken to try it out.

  2. We are big ketchup fans at our house, too! You'll have to let us know what your family thinks of it.

    I have been canning tomatoes, salsa, peaches, and pears in the last week. This time of year is so busy in the kitchen, but it's so nice to have a pantry stocked with home grown and home canned food!! :)

  3. Thrifty Mom in BoiseSeptember 7, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    We just finished canning salsa, relish and pickles last month. This month we are freezing more than canning - corn, zucchini, peppers and stewed tomatoes. I did pickle some jalapeno peppers this weekend. It is a lot of work but also a lot of fun.

  4. @Ma
    Yes, I will be doing my own too, but I wanted to see what this tasted like first. I will be using this recipe: http://homejoys.blogspot.com/2010/10/homemade-ketchup.html.

  5. @Sara
    I agree, we loved having a stocked pantry with home canned food!


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