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
inch of stem ginger, thinly sliced
fire-roasted tomatoes (or 3 lbs of fresh tomatoes, grilled, peeled and chopped))
orange, zest and juice
dates, pitted and chopped
cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed
In This Recipe
Put the ginger and star anise in a cheesecloth bag (or tea ball or disposable loose tea bag) and tie closed with twine.
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.)
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.