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Thrifty Food: Homemade Apple Ketchup

We have apples coming out of our ears here on the farm. Last week we spent a whole day whirling up jars of apple sauce, apple chutney and, most amazing of all, apple ketchup!

Yes! You heard right! Ketchup from APPLES!

If you have children like mine they love to pour ketchup on everything. Making it yourself, with apples, is super healthy, thrifty and EEEAAASY!!

Collect apples from neighbour’s home when in season or buy them when they are on special at the shops to make this dead cheap.

You will need:
4 Kg apples
6 large onions
4 table spoons whole cloves
4 table spoons whole allspice
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
2 kgs sugar
5 table spoons salt
2.5 litres malt vinegar

Chop up the apples, skin, pips and all. Chop the onions. Tie spices in muslin. Throw it all in one massive pot. Bring to the boil, stir to dissolve sugar, simmer, covered for 1 – 1.5 hours until it is well pulped.

Push it through a sieve or cheese cloth. Pour into hot clean bottles.

Makes 5 litres.

Thanks to Digby Law’s kiwi classic, Pickle and chutney cookbook.

7 comments on “Thrifty Food: Homemade Apple Ketchup

  1. Brilliant! My daughter likes the idea of ketchup but complains it makes her lips sting… thought it might be the tomatoes. Apple ketchup sounds perfect,and hey, if she doesn’t like it, all the more for me :-)

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