I've looked at so many ketchup recipes online but frankly, for someone like me who wants "cheap and easy" my eyes just glaze over. I am not a ketchup connoisseur by any stretch of the imagination; I just like to slather something on my burgers or dip my steak into. (If you ARE a connoisseur, by all means feel free to stop here, before your sensibilities are offended!)

Early in the spring we scored a dozen bottles of Heinz low carb ketchup at an Amish store really cheap. I'm sure I blogged about it, as I did keep track of all of my food purchases throughout Jan-June of this year...anyway, they were well under a buck if I remember correctly. Anyway, last week we ran out, so I had to buy more. But in the meantime apparently Heinz shrunk the bottle AND raised the price! So I'm not buying anymore. Period.

And that leads us to tonight. With steaks in the broiler I didn't have time to mess around with long ingredient lists and lenthy instructions. So (which I usually do anyway) I just went to work...

As I've stated before, I don't measure. I just DO. So these measurements are approximate. You can just put them all in a bottle or jar, and shake or mix it all together. (NOTE: this will be thinner than regular ketchup; that doesn't bother me at all but if you want to thicken it up, let me know how you do it ok?)

1 sm. can (8 oz) tomato sauce
2T Worchestershire sauce
1/4t sea salt
1/4t garlic powder
1/2t onion powder
2 drop EZSweetz (liquid sucralose, equal to 4tsp sugar)
1 drop stevia glycerite
2 tsp. apple cider vinegar

That's it. Seriously. That's IT!

My husband was also pleasantly surprised, and delighted. I hope you will be too!
12/19/2012 01:44:22 pm

I like your new site! Someday I'll have to try this!

12/25/2012 11:06:36 am

Oh, I am so happy to have found this! I HATE how expensive the RS Heinz is now but I can't live without ketchup. I am really looking forward to trying this. I am not familiar with stevia glycerite - do you think it's an uber important ingredient or could I perhaps substitute a little extra of the liquid splenda in its place? Thanks :) I am going to subscribe!

12/25/2012 12:43:17 pm

Actually I just listed everything that I put into it, and it would have been fine without the stevia glycerite :). I just usually use a little sucralose and a little SG in most things, so added it out of habit. But definitely not necessary, and I wouldn't even use additional liquid splenda until you taste it first :).

ALSO, I found that it thickened up all by itself in the fridge overnight! The next day I was going to use some and was pleasantly surprised that it was as thick as the Heinz RS, maybe even a touch thicker. And the flavors had all melded together...it's just delicious! We had some again tonight on our steaks and I will have to make more tomorrow, we will have gotten - for 2 of us who both use ketchup generously - 4 meals apiece out of it. For an average serving size you'd get even more :).


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