Friday, January 1, 2010

Homemade Ketchup

Free of: Gluten, Soy, Corn, Dairy
Being a allergic to corn is a real tuffy.  A lot of the citric acid in food products is now derived from corn.  So unless it is stated or unless I call the company personally to check out its source, I can't just buy something that has citric acid in it.  I have tried several brands of ketchup and haven't found one that my child likes.  Heinz is his favorite hands down, with all that corn syrup that he can't have.  And of course their organic brand has the citric acid in it.  So I have been trying recipes for ketchup.  I finally found one that he will eat.  Hallejuah!   I got this recipe off recipezaar,
http://www.recipezaar.com/recipe/print?id=28412.  It is the Heinz copycat recipe.  We changed a few ingredients because of our allergies:

1 can of tomato paste
1/2 cup of agave syrup*
1 tsp of rice vinegar
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup of water*
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Combine all the ingredients in a small pot and simmer for twenty minutes over medium heat.  Stir often.
*I pour this in a little at a time and to monitor how sweet I like it.
**I started out with 1/4 cup like the recipe said, but kept adding water until I got a consistency that I liked.  I thought it was too thick with just 1/4 cup of water.  I used about 1/2 cup.  Add water until you get it the way you like it.

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