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ISO homemade ketchup

greygarious | Mar 30, 2011 11:32 AM

I made a half-batch of the CHOW Ketchup recipe (http://www.chow.com/recipes/28552-ket... - it's not what I'd hoped. The finished product tastes more like spaghetti sauce than ketchup. I want to make something that tastes as close as possible to Heinz, but with Splenda subbed for most of the sugar. The sweetness was not the problem. The recipe calls for simmering 2 hours (during which time the bottom scorched) and after the fact, it occurred to me that cooking the vinegar and spices for that long dulled their piquancy. Looking at other recipes, I found a huge range of times and ingredients. I am now thinking that the short-cooked ones using tomato paste may get me where I want to go. There are also no-cook recipes using tomato paste and ground seasonings. Most include onion, onion juice, or onion powder and I THINK onion is needed, but am skeptical of the ones using some form of garlic (as does the CHOW recipe I followed). I do not detect it in Heinz. Opinions or recommendations? TIA

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