Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Works for Me Wednesday: Make Your Own Ketchup and Raspberry Vinaigrette!

My thrift friend and Baby T's well-traveled godmother, Faith, sent me these recipes that were too good not to be shared with the entire blogsphere...They are from Everyday Cheapskate's newsletter. Read on for the "how" in how to make your own ketchup and raspberry vinaigrette dressing!

2 (6-ounce) cans tomato paste
4 tablespoons white vinegar
3 tablespoons brown sugar
4 teaspoons molasses
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
2 tablespoons corn syrup (like Karo light)
2 1/2 cups water

Mix all ingredients and place in a saucepan over low heat; simmer gently until you get the consistency of ketchup, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Taste and adjust salt if necessary before serving.

Clean your empty ketchup bottle, then pour this mixture in for a cheap and much tastier alternative to store-bought ketchup. Yield: About 3 cups; 24 ounces.

You should be able to make this ketchup for about half the price of the commercial variety. And once you taste homemade, chances are you won’t go back to any brand—it’s that good. Note: Heinz Ketchup at this writing: $3.56 for 32 ounces.

Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup raspberry wine vinegar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine all the ingredients. Shake well. Yield: 1 1/2 cups dressing; 12 ounces. Note: Marie’s Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing at this writing: $4.49 for 11.5 ounces.

I think we'll just have to have salad with dinner (again!) tonight, and perhaps french fries. Works for me!

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scmom (Barbara) said...

Thanks. We'll definitely try them.

Laura said...

I cannot tell you how much money I spend on Paul Newman's rasberry viniagrette so I REALLY appreciate this recipe.

Julie said...

Goodness, Jane! I don't know where you find the time to make your own ketchup. You must be super-human and not sleep!!! :)

Linds said...

I was needing a ketchup recipe, this is great. Thanks!