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How to Make Ketchup

by Leanne Ely

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Most condiments that you find on your grocery store shelves are packed with refined sugars, unhealthy oils, and genetically modified vegetables. If you were to read the ingredient labels on most conventional salad dressings and condiments, including ketchup, you'd see a long list of ingredients that you can't pronounce.

Nobody wants to be putting chemicals, artificial flavorings, and high fructose corn syrup into their bodies or the bodies of their children. But who wants to give up ketchup? Especially in the summer time. Really, what's a barbecue without ketchup?

Well guess what? Making your own ketchup is easy and affordable, and it will just plain old make you feel good because you're doing something healthy for yourself and your family.

Making homemade ketchup

If you go through a copious amount of ketchup in your home, you should consider switching to homemade. If your kids eat ketchup on everything, unless you buy organic, they're often getting a lot of GMOs and high fructose corn syrup on their meals. Even when you buy organic ketchup, you have to look out for the amount of sugar that's going into their little mouths.

Making Ketchup

Making your own ketchup is easy as can be. All you really need is tomatoes, some vinegar, something sweet (I like molasses), and some spices. Experiment with recipes until you find one that your family enjoys. My go-to is a good scoop or two of organic tomato paste with a dollop of organic molasses, some organic apple cider vinegar, a pinch of onion powder and garlic powder, a pinch of allspice and some salt and pepper. Add a little bit of water and bring to a boil. Simmer until it looks like ketchup!

If you don't think your children will eat "no name" ketchup, just go ahead and be sneaky, putting it in a familiar bottle!

This should last a couple of weeks in the fridge, but if it's burger season, it won't make it that long.

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Leanne Ely is a New York Times best selling author of Body Clutter and the popular Saving Dinner cookbook series. According to Woman's Day Magazine, she is the expert on family cooking.

Leanne's syndicated newspaper column, The Dinner Diva can be found in 250 newspapers nationwide and in Canada. Her vast broadcast experience includes media satellite tours, QVC several times as well as guesting on several national television shows, including HGTV's Simple Solutions, ABC Family's Living the Life, Ivanhoe's Smart Woman, Small Talk for Parents and Talk of the Town. She has guest chef-ed on the cooking show, Carolina Cooks and has taught cooking classes all over the country for Bloomingdale's.

In addition, she is a seasoned radio personality. Leanne's own radio show, Heart of A Woman aired during drive time in two major California markets, Los Angeles and San Diego. Her current show, The Dinner Diva is one of the top Blog Talk Radio shows on the Internet.

On the Internet, she pens the Food for Thought column for the immensely popular,, with over half a million readers weekly. She has been featured in Woman's Day magazine, the Chicago Tribune, St. Petersburg Times, Orange County Register - to name a few. Additionally, she is a sought after speaker and has spoken all over the country, with keynote addresses to corporate and non-profit entities. Visit Leanne Ely on Google+.

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