August 13, 2009

Red Broccoli

Did you know ketchup makes everything taste better? Well in Bob's life it does anyway. Chicken, fish, burritos, broccoli, etc. (Bob dislikes vegetables. He claims that if broccoli/green beans was red or blue he would eat it/them. Ketchup helps a little but he knows the red is just a cover up.) So long as he eats the food I don't care if he eats ketchup with it. Needless to say we go through a lot of ketchup. Everyone in the family enjoys the homemade ketchup and I am happy to make it. I usually make a triple batch and store the extra in a jar in the fridge.

Copycat Heinz Ketchup
from Top Secret Recipes
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1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup water
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp garlic powder

Combine all ingredients in medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until smooth. When mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often. Remove pan from heat and cool. Chill and store in covered container. Makes 1 1/2 cups.

You can play around with the seasonings and even the sugar until you get a combination you enjoy.

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If you are a part of the no HFCS craze (if you don't know what HFCS is, you are not part of the craze) OR if you are out of corn syrup OR for a frugal option, you can make your own corn syrup using this recipe.

Light Corn Syrup Substitute
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2 cups white sugar
3/4 cup water
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
dash of salt

Combine all ingredients in a heavy, large pan. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and put cover on it for 3 minutes to get sugar crystals off the sides of the pan. Uncover and cook until it reaches soft ball stage. Stir often.

Cool syrup and store in a covered container at room temperature. It will keep for about 2 months. Makes almost 2 cups.

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Have a wonderful day!

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