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"It's the only ketchup recipe that I've ever had that stood up even close to as good as popular brands! It's different, but it's REALLY good! It's important to reduce this for a long time, like 4 hours or so. It will thicken just a bit as it cools."


4 h 20 m servings 51 cals
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Original recipe yields 16 servings



  • Calories:
  • 51 kcal
  • 3%
  • Fat:
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Carbs:
  • 12.3g
  • 4%
  • Protein:
  • 1 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 632 mg
  • 25%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a large saucepan combine tomatoes, fennel, onion, garlic, sugar, molasses, vinegar, cloves, anise pods and salt. Reduce over low heat until mixture becomes very thick.
  2. Puree mixture in a blender and strain through a mesh strainer. Chill and store in refrigerator.
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  1. 27 Ratings


i've made this ketchup three times already and anyone who tries it, loves it! instead of the fennel bulb, i use ground fennel and replace the salt with sea salt. i've never strained it because t...

This turned out better than I expected. The flavor is a little strange... but in a good way, if that makes any sense! I personally don't think it is anything like regular ketchup; I thought it w...

Now I will comment after the fact. This ketchup turned out to be very tasty. I used a little green pepper in my first batch, fennel seed rather than the bulb, and a lot more tomatoes than the ...

I remember homemade ketchup from my childhood and YUCK. Being all grown up now, I decided to try this recipe and it is wonderful. I replaced the fennel with fennel seed, the star anise with ani...

I've made this recipe twice now. The first time, I couldn't get star anise in my local store and so substituted a couple of drops of licorice extract. The result was a great tasting ketchup with...

No, sir...I didn't like it. Way too much fennel/anise flavor; aside from that, it was just kind of like tomato paste. I didn't have fennel pods, so I used a teaspoon of fennel seeds instead - m...

It's not Heinz but if you want to try to make your own ketchup this is the recipe to try. It's very easy to make and it has a great taste. I just wish it was as smooth as the commercial ketchup ...

I'm giving it 5 for flavor. I loved the spicy, garlic, licorice flavor. It's a great substitute for Heinz. My only question is if anyone's try had the consistency of cocktail sauce. I wasn't too...

My mom once made a wonderful homemade ketchup when I was a kid, so I guess I was trying to find a similar recipe. Unfortunately, this wasn't it. Although a tasty departure from bottled ketchup...