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Pantry Essentials: All About Ketchup | Serious Eats


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Homemade ketchup recipes (like ours) follow a similar course to commercial recipes, though the home cook can add some depth of flavor by roasting the tomatoes before blending them. 

There's this much sugar in ketchup?!

  • "1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar"

There's way too much high fructose corn syrup in commercial ketchups.

I wonder if you could use a blend of honey and organic maple syrup, in an amount = less than 1/2 cup packed brown sugar.  I've been reading that maple syrup is good for the liver.

Yeah, that could work. Do ketchups need a sweetener at all?

The sweetener is there to balance out the vinegar.  Without the vinegar and sweetener, ketchup is just marinara!

Ah! That makes sense. It's amazing how ketchup has a very different use than marinara even though without the vinegar / sweetener they're essentially the same ingredients.

And commercial marinara has too much sugar, too!

That is true. I will take mine sans sugar please!

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