Make this Homemade Tomato Ketchup Recipe to give as a homemade holiday food gift everyone will appreciate.
This one is just a little different from the usual holiday homemade gifts of food . . . but delightful (partly because you took the time to make it).
Cook 1/2 peck of tomatoes, 3 red peppers, and 2 minced onions together (without adding water) until they're soft and mushy. Then put the pulpy mass through a strainer or sieve and, for every 4 quarts of the strained mixture, add 2 tablespoons of salt, 1/4 cup of honey, and (in a cheesecloth bag) 2 teaspoons of dry mustard, 1-1/2 teaspoons of celery seed, 1 tablespoon of whole allspice, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of cloves, and 1 tablespoon of paprika. Cook rapidly for about one hour, then add 2 cups of vinegar and continue cooking until the mixture is thick. Remove the bag of spices, pour the ketchup into hot, sterilized jars, seal the containers at once, and process them for 10 minutes in a boiling (212 degrees Fahrenheit) water bath.
Read more about making holiday food gifts and recipes: Homemade Holiday Food Gift Ideas.
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