Today is a Twilight Zone day. I’ve never really watched the Twilight Zone before (except for a few minutes here and there when I was younger, which admittedly unnerved me), but it’s quite good. They remind me a great deal of Lovecraft–who I have grown fond of–so it makes sense that I find them enjoyable. I find that they’re haunting and hypnotic, curious and eerie, mesmerizing and melancholy… In short, very entertaining.
Anyway, today I finally got around to making homemade ketchup. And boy oh boy! Is it good! I knew homemade ketchup would be significantly better–not to mention healthier and cheaper–than store-bought, but I didn’t figure it would be this good. The best part? It’s so quick and easy you can make it within a few minutes during any day of the week; no cooking required! For some, the ketchup may be a bit vinegar-y, so feel free to add additional honey if you find that to be the case. Either way, I strongly encourage you to make your own.
On a side note, Nava Atlas will be featuring my photo for her Sesame Tofu and Leeks (from my last post https://happyspinach.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/sesame-tofu-and-leeks/) in the VegKitchen newsletter! Needless to say, I’m incredibly honored and wonderfully excited about it! So, be sure to sign up for it. : )
Adapted slightly from Laurel’s Kitchen
12-ounce can of tomato paste
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cumin
2 grates fresh nutmeg*
1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard powder
a squeeze of garlic through a press**
a drizzle of honey
–Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Store in a jar in the fridge.
*If you are using pre-ground nutmeg, then use a scant 1/8 teaspoon.
**If you don’t have a garlic press, mash a small clove into a pulpy paste and stir in.