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Leena Cooks n Cans: Kick-Ass Five Spice Ketchup

By on Oct 13, 2009 in Canning, Condiments, Leena Cooks | 8 comments

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Leena Cooks n Cans: Kick Ass Five Spice Ketchup
My awesomeness has spread to condiments. French fries, look the ef out.

5000 words about food written by me is due soon to someone else. So I thought this might be a good time to make and can ketchup for the first time. (It is also a good time to clean the house, reorganize the spice drawer, label all my homemade canned goods–including illustrations, you know, in case I ever suddenly forget how to read…)

Leena Cooks n Cans: Kick Ass Five Spice Ketchup

Mah five spice ketchup cooking away.

As the legend goes, a 3 yr old Leena was once left by herself in the back of the car on a long trip with a McDonald’s bag full of ketchup packets. Baby Leena used to babble and chat to herself, but her parents realized that she had been quiet for a bit too long. They found her face smeared with red, and a giant pile of empty ketchup packets. And a little throw-up. Just a bit. On her Rainbow Brite shoe.

The result was a lifetime of ketchup aversion. I will occasionally eat it these days, on a decent piece of meatloaf or with the occasional French fry, but really don’t go out of my way for it. I love a good condiment, but I feel like I need more than tomato and sweetness on my palate for ketchup to come into my regular condiment rotation.

Enter Leena’s kick-ass five-spice ketchup. It’s spicy, it’s sweet, a teeny bit sour and just a hint umami. I started off with a basic ketchup recipe from my favorite canning book ever. I trust this book for a proper acid ratio so that I don’t kill anyone with my ketchup, but the seasoning had cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. I freaking hate cloves.

Leena Cooks n Cans: Kick Ass Five Spice Ketchup

Canning my homemade five spice ketchup.

But I’ve been obsessed with Chinese five spice lately (love it in apple crisp, pickled cherries), so I decided to go with that. After researching a few other recipes online, I decided to add a bay leaf, dry mustard powder, fresh garlic, cayenne pepper and fresh grated ginger as well. Right before canning, I had to adjust the flavors by adding more sugar than the original recipe called for. But in the end, burgers and meatloaves everywhere will be a little bit better thanks to my kick-ass ketchup.

 Now, what else did I have to do today?

~LTG!

Recipe: Leena’s Kick-Ass Spicy 5 Spice Ketchup

Ingredients

  • 7 cups or 4 lbs of chopped peeled tomatoes
  • ½ cup of chopped onion
  • ½ cup of chopped sweet red peppers
  • 2/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup + 2 TB brown sugar or granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp pickling salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1½ tsp. dry mustard
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 3-4 tsp. fresh grated ginger
  • 2 tsp five spice powder
  • ½-1tsp of cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine tomatoes, onion and red pepper in a blender or food processor and process untilk smooth. Remove to a large stainless steel or enamel saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat and boil gently, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
  2. Add vinegar, sugar and salt. Add spices, ginger, tomato paste (if desired).Return to a boil and boil gently, uncovered, stirring frequently, until volume is reduced by half or until mixture rounds up on a spoon without separation, about 1 ½ hours.
  3. Removed hot, sterilized jars from canning pot and process half pint jars for 15 minutes w/ ½ inch headspace with proper canning procedure. Makes about 4 cups

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Leena Cooks n Cans: Kick Ass Five Spice Ketchup

Yet another gratuitous canning porn shot of my ketchup.
Leena Cooks n Cans: Kick Ass Five Spice Ketchup

8 Comments

  1. Claire

    13 Oct ’09

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    Hey! Thanks for the bag of Chinese 5 spice with our half of the CSA this week! I think I’m going to use a bit when I cook up some apples and sweet potatoes this week. Nrom.

  2. Claire

    13 Oct ’09

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    Hey! Thanks for the bag of Chinese 5 spice with our half of the CSA this week! I think I’m going to use a bit when I cook up some apples and sweet potatoes this week. Nrom.

  3. mark

    14 Oct ’09

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    I’m there. I’m generally a condiment lover, but ketchup has never done it for me. But this… This makes it look doable. I’m going to give this a whirl. I’ll let you know.

  4. mark

    14 Oct ’09

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    I’m there. I’m generally a condiment lover, but ketchup has never done it for me. But this… This makes it look doable. I’m going to give this a whirl. I’ll let you know.

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