Media is reporting that there is a looming ketchup shortage, due to drought in the area of California where 40% of the world’s sauce tomatoes are grown.
Ketchup prices have already risen 27% and sauce prices have climbed 17%. If the drought impacts tomato supply as expected, then ketchup could become much more expensive, if you can find it.
But never fear … homemade ketchup is here!
Ketchup is mostly tomato sauce, but with added flavorings to give it that unique character. Below is a homemade ketchup recipe sent to me from a contact on social media.
- 12-ounce can tomato paste
- 2–4 tablespoons sugar, to taste
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon cloves
- ⅛ teaspoon allspice
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ cup white wine vinegar
- ½ – ⅔ cup water
Mix all ingredients except water, then gradually mix in water until the ketchup is at your desired consistency.