In many dishes we prepare tomatoes play a part in them including ketchup. It’s no different in survival or back packing cooking, we need to have tomatoes in most of the foods we like to eat but can tomatoes are not a candidate for long term food storage and too heavy for back packing, however tomato powder is the option.
I came across tomato powder several years ago and it is amazing how good it tastes. I immediately began storing it to replace can sauces and pastes.
Ketchup is something we all have in the refrigerator, but what happens if the grid is down, the stores are closed and you’re out of ketchup? Well, make your own! I’ve played with this recipe for a while and this is dead on for the store bought stuff.
Here’s the recipe:
6 tbs tomato powder (or 6 oz can of paste if you have it)
½ cup white vinegar
¼ cup water for thick ketchup (or add 2 or more tablespoons of water for a thinner ketchup)
¼ cup sugar
1 tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp onion powder
¼ tsp garlic powder
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and serve.
I know the cinnamon sounds strange but it is the secret ingredient in ketchup.
Add more water to make it as thin as you like.