Though they‘re available all year round, tomatoes are at their best in August. Check out how we tune up our favorite tomato application: Tomato Ketchup! In this article we’ll show you how to open doors to tons of new surprising ketchup recipes your guests will surely admire you for.
Making your own tomato ketchup is not that difficult at all. It’s a matter of blending a tomato sauce with an aigre-doux (a classic sweet and sour sauce), sugar and spices. The bonus you get by doing it yourself is you can add your own personal touches; herbs, spices, or even other vegetables or fruits will make your home made ketchup stand out from the retail crowd.
Here is our base recipe:
|For the tomato sauce:
Mix all ingredients and bring to a boil. Allow to simmer for approximately 1hour. Blend and pass through a sieve.
For the aigre-doux:
Caramelize 50 g of castor sugar.
|For the ketchup:
Mix all of the ingredients. Reduce to about 900 g. Blend and thickening with a starch thickener.
Allow the ketchup to rest for 1 night.
There are many customization opportunities. Add extra herbs after the thickening step in order to preserve their freshness, spices or condiments could also be added during this step, but can also be applied when mixing the tomato sauce and aigre-doux. Alternatively they can be used to initially flavor the tomato sauce. Extra fruits and vegetables may be added during the mixing step, partially replacing the tomato sauce. Hard vegetables or fruits need to be cooked before application, e.g. cooked pumpkin puree. In fact vegetable purees can completely replace the tomato sauce. Check out our pumpkin ketchup recipe.
When it comes to selecting your personalizing ingredients, make sure to use the Foodpairing Explorer for inspiration. Here is the Foodpairing Tree of tomatoes as a starting point.
Here are some suggestions:
- A classic curry ketchup: Just add some curry powder to taste.
- Tomatoes and strawberry harmonize perfectly with each other. Blend in some strawberries after thickening or add some strawberry jam. Other ideas are raspberries or banana.
- An Oriental variation: Add lemongrass, ginger and Szechuan pepper when preparing the tomato sauce. Bring to taste with soy sauce or miso
- An African variation: cinnamon, mace and coriander
- Try different vinegars: balsamic or blueberry vinegar or even acidic fruit juices like pineapple, passion fruit, orange etc.
- Smoke a part of the tomatoes on the BBQ or use some smoked bacon when preparing the tomato sauce.
- Add spiciness: red pepper or chipotle
- Replace tomato with other vegetables such as carrot, pumpkin, …
- Use another type of sweetener: lavender honey combine well with tomato
- Add a spirit during the mixing step.