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This sugar free ketchup recipe is packed with flavor and tastes just like the real thing. It's made without sugar (or any sweeteners) along with simple ingredients you can find in your own kitchen. You'll never miss the other stuff when you can make this in ten minutes in your own kitchen with simple ingredients.
You've likely noticed the ketchup in the store is loaded with sugar. And let's face it...nobody needs extra sugar in their diet. Especially in a condiment when it's not even necessary.
So if you find yourself looking for a low-carb or sugar free ketchup in the grocery store, you'll be frustrated reading the ingredient labels - likely finding artificial sugar replacements in the ingredient list.
When you make food at home, in your own kitchen, you get to control over what goes in, and what stays out of your food. That's the beauty of it, really. This recipe uses tomato paste and simple seasonings to yield a naturally sweetened ketchup.
Tools needed for this recipe
- Mixing bowl - You can use any bowl you like, we have these glass bowls that I use often.
- Sauce pan - Use what you've got. If you're in the market for a new one, here's one I recommend.
- Mason jars - We love storing sauces and condiments in mason jars. They're re-usable and last forever.
Ingredients needed for this recipe
- Whole cloves
- Olive oil (or avocado oil)
- Tomato paste
- White vinegar
- Other spices (cinnamon, salt, garlic powder, onion powder)
How to make this sugar free ketchup recipe
This recipe comes together in three simple steps. I'll walk you through each of them (with pictures) below.
- Make the clove oil
- Add the tomato paste and the seasonings
- Divide it into jars. Freeze all but one.
Step 1: Make the Clove Oil
The secret to making your ketchup taste like what you're used to (or close to it) is the clove oil. And making clove-infused oil is really simple. To make clove oil, put a few whole cloves into the olive oil (or avocado oil) in a pot on the stove.
Turn the burner on medium-low and cook it for 3-5 minutes. The cloves will spice the oil and will add a delicious flavor to the ketchup. After 5 minutes, take the cloves out and turn off the burner.
Step 2: Add the Tomato Paste and Seasonings
Next, add the tomato paste, vinegar, water, and seasonings to the oil (make sure you removed the whole cloves first). Stir to combine.
Step 3: Pack the ketchup into jars...time to eat!
Now you scoop the ketchup into your mason jars. It'll make three of this size of mason jar. I like to freeze two and keep one in the fridge to use right away.
Once you've got your sugar free ketchup in the jar, you're done! It's really that simple.
You can store your ketchup in the fridge for 2-3 weeks, or freeze it for several months.
Ingredient Substitutions & FAQ
Why Tomato Paste?
You can make your own ketchup from fresh tomatoes when they're in season, but you can also use tomato paste and make it any time of the year. Tomato paste has a concentrated tomato flavor that is hard to find any other way. I like using organic tomato paste where "tomatoes" are the only ingredient. We buy ours at Costco. Apparently you can buy the exact kind on Amazon too if you don't have a Costco near you.
For the vinegar in the recipe you can use white vinegar, or apple cider vinegar. Use what you have!
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- ¾ tsp whole cloves
- 3 Tbsp olive oil (or avocado oil)
- 3 - 6 oz cans of tomato paste
- 6 Tbsp white vinegar
- 3 Tbsp water
- ¾ tsp cinnamon
- 1 ½ tsp salt
- ¾ tsp garlic powder
- ¾ tsp onion powder
- Put your whole cloves in a pan with the olive oil and heat on medium low heat for 5 minutes.
- Remove the whole cloves from the oil and turn off the heat
- Add the tomato paste, vinegar, water, cinnamon, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder to the pan
- Stir to combine
- This makes 3 8 oz jars of ketchup. I like to keep one in the fridge for immediate use, and freeze the other two.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 48 Serving Size: 1 Tbsp
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 17Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 79mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g