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DIY Ketchup

Have you ever been making lunch for your kids (or yourself) and realize you’re out of ketchup? I have…a lot. Last time I went grocery shopping, I walked by the ketchup and thought to myself, “We have enough ketchup at home. I don’t need to buy any this time” 

Needless to sayI was wrong.

I did need ketchup. I didn’t buy any. And now my kids are kethcup-less with their chicken nuggets, tater tots, and hot dogs…it’s a sad day at our house when there is not enough ketchup to go around.

Then, one day, it occurred to me. Why don’t I make my own ketchup? DUH!

This was a complete break through for me. And with my pregnancy brain lately…almost everything is a breakthrough for me.

As you may have already guessed, I started Pinterest-ing and found hundreds thousands many recipes for diy ketchup. There’s kinds you can ‘can’ (thought that sentence sounded weird with to ‘can’s in a row..) However, I just wanted something I could whip up and throw in the fridge. 

I looked at a couple that had some weird ingredients and that doesn’t work. I need something that I will always have the ingredients for.

DIY Ketchup (adapted from Basic Ingrdients)
Yield: about 1 1/2 cups

1 (6oz) can tomato paste
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp molasses
2 Tbsp honey
1 cup water (if you want it a little thicker)

In a small/medium bowl, whisk together all in ingredients except water. Slowly add the water while continuing to whisk. It will seem a little lumpy as first, but trust me, it comes together in the end 🙂

Keep in the fridge for 3-4 weeks. You can use the container you mixed it in (I mixed mine up in a Pyrex), or buy a special squeezy bottle for your ketchup, and even using an empty ketchup bottle from the store would work too!

 

note: I took some pictures with my phone, but it’s not working to upload them on here right now. So you’ll have to take my word for it when I say this ketchup, like the stuff you buy from the store, is red. 🙂

BBQ Sauce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ahhh, Summer. Warm weather, kids running through sprinklers, and grilling. Oh! The smell of grilling! We are 100% charcoal grillers. No propane found here. You’ll have to check next door. And along with grilling, usually comes great friends to share it with. Really, what could be wrong with this picture? (other than the fact that winter is now right around the corner..more on that later)
Up until 2 1/2 years ago, I hated despised loathed wasn’t a huge fan of bbq sauce. I didn’t like the smell, taste, or texture. Nothing about it appealed to me. Then one day, I was pregnant with our second son, Jonah, and magically, bbq sauce was delicious. I don’t know what happened. It’s those pregnancy hormones, I tell you.
So, I’ve felt like I’ve needed to catch up, since I’ve missed out on this wonderful world of sauces thus far.
And along with my bbq sauce journey, comes my clean eating journey, and let me tell you, I found one (count ’em, 1) brand of bbq sauce at Walmart that didnt have high fructose corn syrup in it. And, while its not terribly expensive, I’d much rather make my own. So, I was on a quest to find a recipe that sounded appealing to me and didn’t have ingredients in it that i couldn’t pronounce.
I follow a clean eating blog (I know, big shocker there!) called The Gracious Pantry, and she has tons of awesome recipes. I’ve made quite a few of her recipes and they turned out very well! So, when I found her bbq sauce recipe, I was excited and I knew my hubby would be too!
I’ve used this for shredded chicken, shredded pork, marinating meats, and even as pizza sauce.
It’s so simple to whip together and so worth it.
Happy BBQ-ing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BBQ Sauce (adapted from The Gracious Pantry)
Makes about 3.5 cups

1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce (no sugar added)
1 (5 oz) can tomato paste (no sugar added)
1 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 Tbsp garlic powder
4 Tbsp unsulfered molasses
3 Tbsp honey
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

Place all ingredients in to a medium mixing bowl and mix well with a whisk.

Use as you would any other bbq sauce that you buy from the store.