This week a blogpost in a new category: Recipes! As you can see above, I have made some ketchup the past week. Ketchup is something I have never been able to find without packaging. It is however something I like to eat very much and so I had one option left: putting on my cook’s cap, wearing my apron, grabbing the utensils and start cooking! Here’s the recipe for zero waste ketchup.
Ketchup from the Supermarket
Ketchup from the supermarkt (at our house we buy Heinz) is delicious. Unfortunately, to me, it has a lot of disadvantages. Here’s what I don’t like:
- It’s usually packaged in plastic (or glass, both unnecessary)
- It has a lot of sugar and is a processed food (I am working on eating more whole foods)
- There always is a shitlist of ingredients and when you make ketchup yourself you know exactly what goes in there in whichever quantity. Organic is better, but that is still packaged.
Okay, I am done whining, sorry! Let’s start with this new recipe I found (here’s the list to find it, all the credits go to that blogger! This is not my own recipe).
Zero Waste Ketchup Recipe
Here’s what you need:
– 1250 grams organic tomatoes (can be bought zero waste at the farmers market or the supermarket)
– 1 organic red paprika (can be bought zero waste at the farmers market or the supermarket)
– 1 organic onion (can be bought zero waste at the farmers market or the supermarket)
– 50 milliliters of organic vinegar (can be bought zero waste at Oil & Vinegar of a zero waste shop)
– 1 organic clove of garlic (can be bought zero waste at the farmers market or the supermarket)
– 1 teaspoon of organic rasped ginger (ginger can be bought zero waste at the farmers market or the supermarket
– – 1/2 teaspoon or organic coriander (can be grown in your own garden or bought at a zero waste store)
– 1 teaspoon of organic paprika-powder (can be bought at a zero waste shop or in glass)
– 1 teaspoon of organic nutmeg (can be bought at a zero waste shop or in glass)
– – A pinch of salt and pepper
– 1 pinch or organic cayenne-pepper (I forgot to put this in, but this can be bought at a zero waste shop or in glass)
– 1 organic clove (can be bought at a zero waste shop or in glass)
Here’s how you make it. First, wash the tomatoes and cut them. Second, wash the paprika and then remove the seeds and cut them as well. Next, cut the onion and garlic. Then, put all these things together in a pan and let it boil for an hour, stir meanwhile. Then, remove the pan of the heat and mash it with a (immersion) blender. Put the pan back on the stove and add all the spices and the vinegar. Let the mixture boil for another hour or so until it’s has the structure you like. Put the ketchup in a sterilized jar and there you go, ketchup!
In the end, my ketchup got a little too aquatic for my preference, but that’s because I added water (I therefore removed this from the recipe). As you can see, there’s not sugar in this ketchup. Of course you can add that if you’d like. I personally already liked the ketchup without the sugar!