Blender Ketchup Recipe

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By Ellie Topp and Margaret Howard | Mar 24, 2020

Fresh-from-the-vine plum tomatoes, onion, sweet pepper, and spices give this homemade ketchup tons of flavor and a delicious kick.

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  • Yields about 4 cups



  • 8 cups chopped, peeled plum tomatoes (about 4 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 2/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pickling salt
  • 1 cinnamon stick, 2 inches long
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf


  • Place tomatoes, onion, and red pepper in a blender, and process until smooth. Transfer to a large stainless steel or enamel saucepan, and add vinegar. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat, and boil gently, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring often.
  • Stir in sugar and pickling salt.
  • Tie cinnamon stick, allspice, cloves, peppercorns, and bay leaf in cheesecloth, and add to saucepan. Return to a boil, and boil gently, uncovered, stirring often, until volume is reduced by half or mixture rounds up on a spoon without separation, about 1-1/2 hours. Remove spice bag.
  • Ladle ketchup into hot, sterilized half-pint jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Process jars for 15 minutes.

For more recipes, see Small-Batch Condiments.

Ellie Topp is a Professional Home Economist and a Certified Culinary Professional with a master’s degree in food science, and Margaret Howard is a Registered Dietitian, a Professional Home Economist, and a food and nutrition consultant. Both have authored and co-authored many cookbooks. This article is excerpted with per-mission from their book The Complete Book of Small-Batch Preserving: Over 300 Delicious Recipes to Use Year-Round (Firefly Books Ltd.).


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Published on Mar 24, 2020
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