So, dada is from Pittsburgh, which means, if you know the area, we are devotees of Heinz ketchup.
Copious amounts, of Heinz ketchup. And ONLY Heinz will do.
But, you know, the whole corn syrup thing. Which they've taken out recently but, who knows what else gets snuck in there.
And then the whole 212 tomato plants in the garden thing...we've got to use those tomatoes SOMEHOW.
Homemade ketchup was in order. And no, the tomatoes aren't ready yet, but we found a case of organic tomato paste for quite cheap at Costco and I figured we could start transitioning to the homemade taste of ketchup NOW, so as to avoid the shock later (the scenario in which mama cans 72 jars of homemade ketchup which little man declares to taste "terrible" and mama cries and declares herself a gardening failure...and etc.)
Here is how I did it.
Amazingly simple, tangy, tasty, and easy to change according to your taste. Even dada has switched alliances. And little man will use it sparingly on hot dogs. (WIN!)
You won't go back to store bought, I promise.
Take one can of tomato paste, empty into small size mason jar. Add in one tsp sugar, one good glug of apple cider vinegar, a few good shakes of worchechire sauce. Obviously, adjust according to taste, add in half amounts and increase as you taste until you get it just right or you might have to, as I did last batch, add in another can of sauce because of the insane amount of vinegar I dumped in. OOPS. Now some seasonings. I do garlic salt, maybe some seasoned salt, and regular salt. I am thinking of adding kombucha next time.
Now, fill the rest of the jar with water. Stir.
Now grill up some hamburgers and enjoy!