Monday, March 14, 2011

~ Lacto-fermented Ketchup ~

Do you know why most kids love ketchup? Commercial ketchups are 1/3 sugar. This is a kid approved recipe by kids that are not all that fond of ketchup in the first place. B-b-q season is almost upon us so make sure you have this one in your fridge. I found this recipe at GNOWFGLINS.

12 ounces organic tomato paste - I use Bionaturae, it comes in glass jars, not BPA lined cans
1/4 + 1/8 c water
1/4 c raw honey or maple syrup
1/8 c whey
2 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp organic mustard powder
1/4 tsp organic cinnamon 1/8 tsp each cloves, allspice, cayenne touch of molasses

I toss everything in the blender to mix. If you end up with more of a spreadable ketchup you can add a bit more water or tomato juice to thin it out. Pour/spoon into a mason jar, cap and leave the jar on the counter for a 24 hours so that the good bacteria has a chance to grow a bit. Put into the fridge and enjoy.


  1. I need to try this. Do kids who loooove ketchup like this kind? Mikko frequently seems to eat things just for the ketchup, and I was realizing it was very sugary.

  2. Lauren ~ the great thing about this is you can tweak it to your or Mikko's liking. We taste test along the way to see if it is missing anything. Sometimes it needs a little more acv to give it that tart taste or just a little more salt. My youngest likes to eat it off the spoon but because it has good bacteria in it I don't really mind. You could add a little more raw honey to start with and then add a little less each batch to make the transition smoother (or even some green powdered stevia instead of extra honey).