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Homemade Tomato Ketchup. 30 Delicious Ketchup Recipes [Kindle Edition]

Dan C. Ionescu
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Book Description

Because you use only the best ingredients and spices, homemade ketchup is not only delicious but also healthy.  It contains no added preservatives so if you are concerned about your health and that of your family, making homemade ketchup is the healthy choice.

Who is this book for?

Even if you've never cooked before, by following the recipes in this book you will learn everything you need to know to make homemade ketchup, and the recipes are very easy to follow.

If you are an experienced cook you can use the recipes to prepare some really tasty ketchup. You may want to try several variations. I recommend that you try making at least one sweet ketchup and one hot ketchup.

People who are on a special diet, or who want to lose weight, can also benefit from using this book by following the salt and  sugar free recipes.

Is it hard to make homemade ketchup?

No. Making your own ketchup following the recipes in this book is simple, and you also don't need complicated kitchen equipment.

Homemade ketchup for busy people

Even if you are busy you can still make homemade ketchup because it doesn't take a lot of time to prepare and cook.

When can I make ketchup?

You can make your own ketchup all year round because when tomatoes are not in season, you can always use canned tomatoes. They can be found at all grocery stores and supermarkets.

What is 'Homemade Tomato Ketchup. 30 Delicious Ketchup Recipes' about?

This book starts with a short introduction; it explains why it is a good idea to make your own tomato ketchup, the equipment you will need, how to sterilize and reuse old bottles and jars, how to correctly apply the heat treatment to improve the ketchup shelf life, and, a list of tips and tricks for making the best tasting ketchup. To make it easy to follow the recipes the book includes British, European, and American weights and measures (lbs, grams, and cups). Of course, you will also find 30 delicious ketchup recipes, including pictures, so you know what the  final product will look like. At the end of the book you will find some information about the author.

If you want to see exactly what's in the book,scroll up and click on the book image where it says "Click to look inside". The  preview will allow you to  access the table of contents and you can also read the first chapters.

Can this book be offered as a gift?

Of course, the 'Homemade Tomato Ketchup. 30 Delicious Ketchup Recipes' will make a great gift for anyone who enjoys cooking, loves ketchup, or, is passionate about gastronomy.

To start making your own homemade ketchup scroll up and hit the 'Buy now' button. To send this book as a gift, scroll up and press the "Give as a Gift" button.  

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2924 KB
  • Print Length: 89 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dan C. Ionescu (18 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #454,515 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Dan C. Ionescu is passionate about cooking and learning as much as he can about food. He has a collection of more than 200 cookbooks and over 1400 kindle cooking ebooks. Every day he searches for new and exciting recipes which he enjoys cooking.

In the last year he realized that he enjoys writing about food and sharing his best recipes. This is how the Homemade Tomato Ketchup cookbook was born. He is already working on his second book which will be a nice surprise for his readers.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Homemade Tomato Ketchup - Healthy, inexpensive... 5 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
... and You can make it the way You or Your children or friends like it best!

Living in Italy, I am so lucky to have my own garden with several types of tomatoes for different purposes.
Secret recipes for tomato sauces of all kinds are since a long way back handed down from mother to daughters or sons.
But with the modern ages, the children, teens - and we too, I have to admit :), like a good Ketchup with our French fries or BBQ, Wuerstel or Burgers.

In this very useful ebook is really everything You need to know to make a healthy, good, inexpensive ketchup - often within a few minutes, without occupying much of Your time.
And there are the variations without salt or sugar - tasting perfectly even without those additives, often not so good tolerated by certain friends or members of the family.
Here in this book You will find all the possible and also some (almost :) impossible variations You can imagine. Find out which is the one Your best friend likes most and make some nice bottles as a gift!

This year I will add to my usual homemade tomato sauces some of the 30 recipes of ketchup - and will never go to any supermarket again to buy one of those bottles full of artifial additives!

Thanks a lot, Mr Ionescu!
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3.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Recipes, Not so sure on the canning information... 11 Sept. 2013
By Bear - Published on
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The recipes that are in this book are awesome. There is a ton of variety and the author even includes a handy conversion charts for those of us who don't know how much 150g is in cups(One of my biggest headaches with European cookbooks lol). I highly recommend the recipes. I just made two of them, and I can't WAIT to try the rest!


**WORD OF CAUTION** The canning methods in this book aren't the safest. You should NEVER reuse commercial jars for home canning because they are designed to be processed at a MUCH higher temperature than what can be achieved by a home water bath canner. There are a lot of step by step directions involved in canning that are left out - there is nothing about properly packing the jars, how much head-space to leave, an exact time for boiling, and elevation adjustments. These recipes are fantastic, but are best to be eaten fresh, stored in the fridge for a short time, or frozen.

Overall, I LOVE the recipes. If it were JUST the recipes, this would absolutely be a 5 star book but because of the unsafe canning methods, I rate this book a 3.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recipes for home made ketchup! 23 Dec. 2012
By RL Harding - Published on
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This is a great book for people who love ketchup, even if they have never made their own ketchup before. The recipes are very easy to follow and the ingredients are what most people would have in their kitchen. I am especially looking forward to making the plum ketchup when plums are back in season. A nice touch that the author has provided are lots of pictures of how he packages the home made ketchup for gift giving....some great ideas I will use in the future. I would definitely recommend this book.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ketchup - A Variety of Tastes 7 Jan. 2013
By Ian Whyte - Published on
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This a well presented eBook that contains more information than just ketchup recipes.

Before you even reach a recipe it explains why making your own ketchup (tomato sauce for some) is a good way to go - reduced additives and ingredients like salt and sugar. Suggestions are also made about better taste, that it is inexpensive, fresh and easy to do.
Homemade is often a gift that is appreciated by friends and family as well.

There is a good section on the equipment needed and the fact that most households will have all that is necessary anyway.
Next the importance of sterilization is explained together with details on how to achieve this in the home kitchen.
Added to this is a short section on Heat Treatment which further adds to the shelf life of the ketchup once it is bottled.

To round out the introductory sections there are some tips and tricks on how to make a better ketchup as well as some simple conversion information.
There is also a useful link to a site that lets you produce your own labels.

Once the recipe section is reached you have 30 to choose from.
There is a good variety from simple, hot, spicy, low sodium and even a plum version.

Each recipe starts with preparation and cooking times and an image of the finished ketchup.
Ingredients and directions follow with a closing note on the recommended storage method and time for each recipe.

Finally there is an interesting section explaining how and why Dan became involved in cooking.
This adds to the appreciation of this informative recipe eBook.
Certainly a good investment for the purchase price.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book! 30 Mar. 2013
By Angie C. - Published on
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I eat sugar-free for health reasons. If you are in the same boat, you know how hard it is to find GOOD sugar-free or reduced-sugar condiments. I currently use Heinz reduced-sugar ketchup (Formerly Heinz One Carb), but the last time I bought a bottle they'd kept the price the same but reduced the size drastically. It's now almost 4 ounces smaller than it was when I first started buying it four years ago! FED UP!

I have used several recipes I found online to create decent substitutes, but nothing quite like the tomato-ey sweetness of commercial ketchup. (Sometimes you just want that) Most of the recipes were what I would call 'something we could live with'. There is a "sugar-free" recipe in this book that takes honey, which makes it not sugar free. All the others call for sugar. Below are tips on how to use any recipe in the book and make it sugar free, and still keep the spirit of the recipes intact.

I made several recipes from this book the first day I got it, including the "Sugar Free" one. I have to give kudos to the author for a very concise, well-planned book, that has a lot of information and nice pictures. I liked his creative re-use of the juice jars for his ketchup--teamed with the cute labels, they looked very gourmet and artisan! I appreciate the tips on sterilizing as well; you can never underestimate the importance of sterilizing when making something like ketchup that you plan to keep awhile. THANK YOU for that very crucial chapter!

For longevity, please note that real sugar also acts as a preservative, if you are going to convert recipes to sugar-free, this will affect the long term storage ability of it.

What I found when making the recipes, was that they all worked just as they should. The recipes are well written, there aren't any mistakes such as mismeasured or left-out ingredients. And? I was able to use sugar substitutes with them and they were 100% delicious! When I calculated the price savings on this homemade ketchup vs. the current size/price ratio of Heinz, I am paying close to 50% less for a product that is so fresh tasting and delicious! At this point I don't see ever buying commercial ketchup again.

I have a huge stash of Ideal sweetener, and that's what I used in these recipes. I don't like straight Splenda because it leaves a nasty aftertaste in my mouth, but that's not a problem for everyone. If you do not have Ideal, you find the online price disgusting, or you cannot find it locally (a common problem), you can make your own substitute. Use powdered xylitol and Splenda in a 1:1 ratio. Since I don't really like the Splenda aftertaste, I use 1 1/4 c. Xylitol and 3/4 c. Splenda, then measure what I need out of that. (If you cannot find finely powdered xylitol, run it through your blender or food processor). You'll want it superfine to use in these ketchup recipes, and you'll need to let it set awhile after making to absorb well. (Xylitol is also not safe for pets!)

1 cup of 'sugar': 1 cup of Ideal (or equivalent)
1 cup of 'brown sugar': 1 cup of Ideal and about 2 1/2 teaspoons of blackstrap molasses

I found that the acidity of the tomatoes/vinegar sometimes needed a little more sweetener to overcome in some of the recipes, because sugar alone tempers the acidity whereas artificial sweeteners can kind of just hang around. So when it calls for a cup of sugar, try 1 1/4 c. of Ideal (or sub). If it calls for 1 cup of brown sugar, try 1 1/4 c. of your Ideal and a tablespoon of hlackstrap molasses. Try it with the recipe-recommended amounts first, but if like me you find the acidity/sweetness ratio is not balanced then add a little more.

*For 'honey', you can use sugar free honey, or maltitol syrup. I have a case of maltitol syrup and used that instead of the sugar free honey (which is what the SF honey is anyway) and it kept the thickness and sweetness that real honey imparts. However, some folks get gastrointestinal side effects from too much maltitol so keep that in mind if this is you.

I am so grateful for this book, because until now I was not 100% satisfied with the homemade sugar free ketchup recipes that I have been using. I was able to successfully convert several recipes that I tried, into something that is delicious and everyone in my family will eat! Not everyone is a fan of the Splenda-fortified Heinz that is my only option, so this book has filled a need in my fridge that's been there a long time. I can't wait to try the plum ketchup next!!!

UPDATE: for those who follow Paleo or Primal, you can adapt every one of these recipes easily, without using artificial sweeteners.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Book -- Even for the Non-canner 24 Jan. 2013
By Susan K. Stewart - Published on
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I don't can. I tried. I hate it. So when I first looked at this book, I was tempted to pass it by since I didn't want long sessions peeling tomatoes, cooking, re-cooking, in the heat ..... you get the picture. I was pleasantly surprised. Author Dan Ionescu includes recipes for me.

Two aspects of some of Ionescu's recipes that appeal to me are short prep time and small quantities. The "Super Easy Ketchup" requires only seven minute prep and zero, yes zero, cooking time. Right up my alley. This recipe and others make 2.5 cups rather than gallons of the red sauce. Easy for me to make up and keep in the frig, then easy to make another batch. There is a recipe for Uncomplicated Ketchup, which as a two minute prep, but 45 minutes of cooking. No making this one at the last minute, which tends to be my style of cooking.

I found myself reading through the cookbook, not something I usually do, to see the many varieties of ketchup that can be made. Asian Ketchup, Ketchup with Apples, Perfect on Burgers Ketchup, plus all the variations of spicy ketchup are included.

The one drawback has more to do with the medium than the book--the inability to print the recipe from my e-reader (Amazon, are you listening?). I know that I can go through various gyrations with loading to my computer app, doing a screen shot, etc. etc. But I'd love to be able just hit the button and air print.

I recommend this book not just for non-cooking people like me, but for the ardent canner also. It also has recipes easy enough for children to use. For your next bar-b-que or family gather, make your own ketchup and surprise everyone.
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