A very easy condiment to recreate, ketchup is a great choice if you want to start creating your own non-processed foods at home. This recipe is thick and tangy and perfect for everything from chicken nuggets to burgers. Experiment to find your favorite flavor, use plain vinegar instead of apple cider, substitute honey in place of brown sugar, or add a pinch of cinnamon. Besides leaving out unhealthy additives and saving a bit of money, you can create your own gourmet blend.
You can put ketchup in a squirt bottle, but I just love the look of homemade items in a mason jar. Just use a spoon to scoop it out. The other benefit of using a mason jar is that you can make extra ketchup and preserve it, simply use the hot water canning method after filling your jars.
This ketchup will last 4-6 weeks in the refrigerator and a year or longer properly canned.
The price difference in making your own is not very significant. The ingredients cost around $1 to make at home, and a small bottle is about $1.50 at the store. However, the value of avoiding high fructose corn syrup and other preservatives, and creating a recipe from scratch is priceless.