Homemade Fermented Ketchup

Homemade KetchupIt’s no secret these days that store bought ketchup is basically just red, corn syrup. But there’s something so nostalgic about it that it’s hard not to have around. After all, what’s a grilled cheese without a side of ketchup? It’s nothing at all, that’s what!!!

When I decided it was time to say good-bye to our favorite red condiment, it was a sad day. I used up what I had left, guilt-free, because I knew I wouldn’t be buying it again. But in hind-sight, there was nothing to be sad about at all, because you can make your own delicious ketchup at home…right now! Seriously, a lot of people probably have all the ingredients kicking around to make it.

The very best part is, is it doesn’t contain any high-fructose corn syrup or GMO-tomatoes, and my daughter loves the stuff—she literally shovels it into her mouth before anything else on the plate (she’s only one, so give her a break.)

Because this homemade ketchup is naturally fermented, using basic whey, it contains healthy probiotics—so ‘night and day’ from store-bought ketchup it’s crazy.  You don’t have to add the whey, but then the ketchup won’t last as long in the fridge, or contain probiotics, so I highly recommend it.

After the homemade ketchup has fermented for a of couple days, feel free to pour it in to an old ketchup bottle so you can trick your children or spouse!

How to Make Homemade Fermented Ketchup

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Homemade Ketchup
The perfect replacement for your Red-GMO-Corn-Syrup-Sauce (aka Ketchup). This healthy, probiotic, homemade, ketchup is sweetened with honey, and fragrant with spices. You'll even be able to fool the kids.
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Instructions
  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl until smooth.
  2. Tranfer to an air-tight jar and store at room temperature for 2 days. Leave at least 1 inch of space below the top of the jar.
  3. After 2 days, store in the fridge. This Ketchup will last for many weeks.
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8 comments on “Homemade Fermented Ketchup

  1. Two quick questions:

    1) Why whey? (If it’s just a protein filler, who needs it in ketchup?).
    2) If it’s a thickener, any ideas for a vegan alternative?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Deb!

      I don’t think that you’re thinking about the same whey that I’m talking about. It’s Not whey protein powder. The whey that I’m referring to, is the yellow-ish liquid that’s strained out of yogurt. This liquid is used in lacto-fermentation, and is what I use to ferment this ketchup (and many other foods).

      Why would I want to ferment homemade, ketchup? Two important reasons: fermenting food is a natural way of preserving food (so this ketchup lasts longer in the fridge…months, actually) and fermented food has incredible health benefits (check out my post, Fermentation 101, to learn more about the health benefits (http://modernhippiehw.com/wp/fermenting/).

      You can also learn more about Whey, and how to make it, by visiting my post: http://modernhippiehw.com/wp/2014/02/07/basic-whey/

      That being said, you don’t have to add the whey if you’d prefer not too. Instead, perhaps add a bit of water to thin it out.

      I hope that answers you question. Thanks for your comment and have a great day!

      Carly

  2. Wonderful! Thank you Carly. I’ve been looking for a delicious home-made ketchup recipe. I love the idea of fermenting. We make our own kombucha so very familiar with the lovely health benefits. 🙂 Do you happen to know if there is a vegan alternative to your dairy created whey? Thanks again for your recipe. We’ll be trying it with or without a vegan version of whey. Very exciting!

  3. Hi! I am not able to see the recipe on this page, and not on few other pages either. There’s only text “ultimate-recipe ID” and a number. I would love to get the recipe for this ketchup! Thank you!

  4. I had several issues with this recipe :(. First, it came out incredibly thick, so I had to had a LOT of extra water and I still can’t get it smooth like ketchup. Plus, I have a crazy amount of ketchup now. It’s also insanely sweet. Does using raw honey ruin it? Any ideas what I could have done wrong? It seemed so straight forward…

    1. Hi Megan,

      As for the texture, I can’t see why you’d need to add a lot of extra water. Mine is a little thicker then regular ketchup, but you’re not necessarily trying to achieve an identical product. This fermented ketchup will have a taste and texture of it’s own.

      It’s most likely “insanely sweet” because you used raw honey and fermentation didn’t take place (the mirco-organisms convert the sugar to during the fermentation process). I don’t recommend raw honey for fermentation because it is has powerful antibacterial properties which will kill the good bacteria and prevent fermentation. Your best bet is to use white or raw sugar.

      Hope this helps 🙂

      Carly

      1. That makes sense. I’ll try it again with sugar next time. I really love the idea of having fermented condiments. Thanks for your help!

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Homemade Ketchup

Print Recipe
Homemade Ketchup
The perfect replacement for your Red-GMO-Corn-Syrup-Sauce (aka Ketchup). This healthy, probiotic, homemade, ketchup is sweetened with honey, and fragrant with spices. You'll even be able to fool the kids.
Servings
Ingredients
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl until smooth.
  2. Tranfer to an air-tight jar and store at room temperature for 2 days. Leave at least 1 inch of space below the top of the jar.
  3. After 2 days, store in the fridge. This Ketchup will last for many weeks.
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