Since I have an abundance of tomatoes this year I thought I’d try my hand at making ketchup, especially since Husband eats it by the trailer load. The recipe I used is in THIS cookbook. Btw, if you’re looking for a series of decent cookbooks for yourself or for giving, I have really liked these America’s Test Kitchen books, at least the ones I’ve picked up so far (I understand the pressure cooking one isn’t so great, but the others I’ve picked up I’ve liked).
The final step of the recipe is to smush the puree through a fine mesh strainer. I got about halfway through that when it occurred to me that the food mill might have been a better option for my hands (the left hand in particular, which was holding the strainer, was really unhappy with me), but even after switching over my hands were still very unhappy. I still hurt this morning. After I griped about it on Facebook my mother offered to buy us a crank food strainer as an anniversary gift. I won’t be doing ketchup again till that arrives.
Simmering down it didn’t smell all that great to me, but I don’t eat ketchup anyway (and absolutely can’t stand the smell of cloves). Husband, on the other hand, eats ketchup on damn near everything, and thought it smelled divine. Final results: he says it needs to be a bit sweeter (easy enough), and, as much as he loves the Black Plums and their smoky flavor in the ketchup, he’s missing that acid bite of the usual tomatoes (he said he’d absolutely eat it as it is though, so it must not be too far off!). So next batch I’ll add in some of the Blue Berries (maybe 1/4 of the tomatoes?), and see how that goes.
Update: after the ketchup sat for a while, and was then properly shook up before he put it on his burger last night, he now says not to change a thing and its perfect the way it is. I’ll take it!
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