The pile of ketchup was growing and he didn’t seem to have a limit as to how much he would flavor the poor eggs that were lost at the bottom of that pile. Dad, was always a fan of ketchup. With the lifestyle change to Paleo and clean eating, ketchup was guilty of possessing sugar and was off limits.

Since Ketchup’s banishment, it has been missed. Thus, I have set out to find some sort of alternative to sugared pureed tomatoes. I have created a recipe from two different recipes and has now become somewhat my own. Trying to work around no sugar is not exactly as easy at it may seem. Apple ketchup should not be compared to tomato ketchup because they are quite different, but it is good in itself until we have fresh tomatoes to work with



serves 24

2 qt. no sugar added apple sauce

1 large onion

2 Tbl. butter

1 teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon cloves

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 Tbl. white wine vinegar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

2 16 o.z cans tomato paste

2 teaspoons fresh garlic

I diced the onions as small as possible and let them cook in the butter until they were brown. I added the 1 WHOLE apple sauce and roughly half of the second. I let the onions and apple sauce simmer together before adding the spices.  The garlic and tomato paste were added and was let simmer for 5 min while stirring. I then added the vinegar and let cook all together for another 5 minutes while stirring.

In clean jars

In clean jars

In clean jars, I strained the apple ketchup so that it might be stored. Because this batch is so small I didn’t bother pressure cooking so that it could be stored in the pantry. Instead I simply sealed them, and put them in the fridge until used.

I hope that with this new ketchup, the craving for tomato ketchup every time we have burgers will subside a bit.

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