Ketchup isn’t really what one would call a healthy condiment, but some people just can’t do without it on a daily basis. On the bright side, there are some healthy versions of ketchup that you can make right at home. With these on hand, you’d have a much better taste experience along with the nutrients of natural ingredients. Read on below to see which one’s the easiest for you to make right away:
1. 2-Minute Ketchup
This ketchup uses easy ingredients that you may already have available in your pantry. These include maple syrup, tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, salt, etc. You can also add onion powder and oregano for a more savory, complex taste.
The total time for this recipe, once you have the ingredients assembled, is just two minutes. It’s a vegan and gluten-free option that you just have to mix in a bowl. There’s no cooking or even blending involved, so you may easily whip this up just before your party starts.
2. Easy Ketchup
This recipe also uses tomato paste and maple syrup but changes things up with garlic powder, white vinegar, cinnamon, and even pepper. You can also add chili powder or grated nutmeg for even more variety. These would add a spicy effect to your ketchup, so add them at the end if you prefer.
The whole thing does require some blending in order to get that smooth texture. However, the process itself involves just three easy steps. The result would last in the fridge for up to a week if you put it in an airtight jar.
3. Blender Ketchup
This recipe would require the use of your blender and yields around 1.5 cups of homemade ketchup. It would take some cooking after you blend it so the whole method would take around 45 minutes. After pureeing the tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, and other ingredients in the blender, transfer it onto the stove to boil. This would make sure everything combines perfectly and gives a smooth look.
For a complex taste and healthy nutrients, the recipe makes use of garlic cloves, yellow mustard powder, and apple cider vinegar. You can also add some arrowroot powder to thicken up the concoction if it’s too runny.
The best part of this ketchup is that it’s cooked so you can be sure there are no stray bacteria around to make you ill. This also means that the resulting paste has a longer fridge life. If you store it in an airtight container, it will keep in the fridge for up to a month.
4. Simple Homemade Ketchup
This ketchup recipe is so simple that even your kids can pitch in to help. This will give them a sense of independence and responsibility in the kitchen. Plus, this version is much healthier than the kind you buy in stores, so you’ll get your kids interested in cleaner eating. Once they get the hang of it, you may simply ask them to make a new batch if they want some ketchup at any time.
The total time for this recipe is only 5 minutes. It’s also gluten-free, so any related allergies are accounted for. An added bonus here is that the recipe uses fermented whey or vegetable brine. This makes for a great taste along with a natural preservative. The result is that this homemade condiment can last a few months in the refrigerator.
5. Healthy Keto Ketchup
The keto diet takes away most of our everyday food items, but there are always keto versions of condiments available. However, it can get expensive to keep purchasing special versions of keto ketchup so this method will tell you how to makes yours at home.
Overall, the method for this keto ketchup takes around 15 minutes. This isn’t much effort, especially considering that you’re getting a great sauce to give your food an added kick. When it’s all done, you’d have around 2 cups or one medium jar of ketchup to keep for all your meals. One serving here is a tablespoon, which contains just 1.1 carbs.
To sweeten up this ketchup, the recipe uses a few drops of Stevia and another low-carb sweetener such as Swerve. There’s also fruit vinegar, which gives a tangy taste as well as some sweetness. Instead of regular salt, you’d also use the Himalayan variety.
6. 5-Minute Ketchup
This 5-minute recipe takes an additional 2 hours to let all the flavors blend together. However, you wouldn’t have to do anything other than letting it sit for two hours, so this is stills a 5-minute process. The yield here is a good 4 cups, so you’d have enough to go around at a dinner party.
To thicken up the paste, you can use a teaspoon of chia seeds. This is an optional addition, but it would add a lot of nutrients to your final result. Other than this, the recipe uses organic tomato paste and a few spices in order to give a decent taste.
7. Quick Ketchup
This is a quick ketchup recipe, but it requires some cooking instead of blending. Such a method might b preferable to those who don’t have such appliances or prefer a cooked version in order to kill off any bacteria.
All you have to do is combine some tomato paste, white wine vinegar, raw honey, onion and garlic powder, and some salt into a saucepan. You should the heat it up on the stove and whisk until it’s all combines. You can add some more honey if you want a sweeter result. Make sure it’s all cooled down before you place it in an airtight jar.
8. Sugar-Free Organic Ketchup
The issue most people have with ketchup is that it contains a high amount of sugar. In fact, the calories in a tablespoon of ketchup and a tablespoon of sugar are around the same if you get the store condiment. However, this sugar-free, homemade version of ketchup would give you a much healthier option.
This recipe calls for a jar of organic tomato paste with no added ingredients or sodium. Alternatively, it also allows for you roasting your own tomatoes and pureeing for the best final taste. The sweetening option is a dried date after soaking or a few drops of liquid Stevia. Raw apple cider vinegar, pink sea salt, paprika, and a bit of pepper finish off the ingredient list. Once you’ve drained the tomatoes, all you need it to blend everything together.
9. Low-Carb Tomato Ketchup
Since the keto diet is a bit difficult to handle, many people substitute it with a low-carb diet. This means that they cut back on the carbs that take in, which includes sugar. Fortunately, this homemade ketchup ensures that followers of this diet have an alternative on hand. This would make their meals more interesting and delectable.
The whole method here takes about 5 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to cook. It uses a combination of tomato puree and pastes, olive oil apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, garlic cloves, and a variety of other ingredients for an interesting taste. Like the keto ketchup, it also uses a low-carb sweetener to make n authentic ketchup taste.
10. Healthy Ketchup Version
This is another version of healthy ketchup, with only 15 calories in a tablespoon and no fat at all. However, it does have 3 grams of carbs, so those on keto or low-carb diets should be wary. It also doesn’t use apple cider vinegar, so this option is a good one for those without that particular ingredient.
For a unique taste, this recipe calls for some molasses as a sweetener. If you don’t have these, honey is just as good. It also tells you to add a tablespoon of mustard for added flavor. You don’t have to cook anything here, either. Simply blend all the ingredients until you have the consistency required.
When you’re making any homemade ketchup, it’s recommended that you use glass containers instead of plastic. The plastic will probably stain easily and contain chemicals that the acidic ketchup will leach. This would affect the taste of the condiment and will obviously be a negative health factor. All in all, make sure you use organic, natural ingredients whenever possible.