Paleo Recipe: Ketchup

Some of you may have trouble dropping the ketchup from your diet. It would seem like Heinz Ketchup would be paleo, but have you ever checked out the ingredients? Found  HERE

INGREDIENTS: TOMATO CONCENTRATE FROM RED RIPE TOMATOES, DISTILLED VINEGAR, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CORN SYRUP, SALT, SPICE, ONION POWDER, NATURAL FLAVORING.

 Is it really necessary to have both HFCS and CS? No. Not necessary. In The Paleo Diet book, there is a recipe for Ketchup. I believe Dr. Cordain got it from his pal Ray of Neanderthin fame. If you want to have ketchup on hand take a day and whip yourself up a batch!
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Ray’s Ketchup/Catsup
3 1/2 lbs. Tomatoes washed and sliced
2 Medium Onions Sliced
1/2 Clove Garlic
1/2 Bay Leaf
1/2 Red Pepper
1/4 c. Unsweetened Fruit Juice (white grape, pear, or apple)
1 t Whole Allspice
1 t Whole Cloves
1 t Whole Mace
1 t Celery Seeds
1 t Black Peppercorns
1/2 inch Cinnamon Stick
1/2 c. Lemon Juice
Pinch of Cayenne Pepper

Boil tomatoes, onions, garlic, bay leaf, and pepper until soft. Add fruit juice. Mix spices (allspice, cloves, mace, celery seeds, peppercorns, and cinnamon) and place into a small cloth spice bag (cheesecloth will work). Add spice bag to mixture; bring to a boil and continue boiling, stirring frequently, until reduced by half. Remove the spice bag. Add lemon juice and cayenne pepper. Continue boiling for ten minutes more. Bottle Ketchup in clean jars with 3/4 inch of space at the top of the jar for expansion. Seal and freeze immediately. Always refrigerate container that is currently in use. Makes about 2 cups.

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