Sugar-Free Ketchup With Fire-Roasted Tomatoes and Orange

By First We Eat
April 17, 2012
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Author Notes: Every great ketchup has a long list of ingredients, and this one is no exception. What this ketchup does NOT have, however, is added sugar. The sweetness comes from all-natural sources like tomato paste, orange juice and dates. What's more, the combination of these sweeteners mimics the particular sweet-and-sour taste of store-bought ketchup, so it works wonders with the kiddos!First We Eat

Makes: 2 cups

  • 1 inch of stem ginger, thinly sliced
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 can fire-roasted tomatoes (or 3 lbs of fresh tomatoes, grilled, peeled and chopped))
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 orange, zest and juice
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 3-5 dates, pitted and chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  1. Put the ginger and star anise in a cheesecloth bag (or tea ball or disposable loose tea bag) and tie closed with twine.
  2. Add the spice bag and all of the remaining ingredients to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Lower heat to the lowest setting possible, and simmer for 45 minutes. (Add water ¼ c at a time if the mixture begins to dry out.)
  3. Remove from the heat. Discard the spice bag. Puree in a blender until totally smooth. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time to get to the consistency you prefer.

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