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Make your own ketchup

By on August 13, 2010


Ketchup isn’t terribly expensive to buy, but if you run out and have a few pantry staples on hand or have an abundance of tomatoes, you can make your own at home. Visit for a homemade ketchup recipe that uses whole tomatoes. The first tip below has a simple version using canned tomato paste.


I ran out of my stockpiled ketchup, so I finally tried a homemade ketchup recipe. It was quick, easy and delish!

6 ounces can tomato paste
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup vinegar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt

Combine ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Cover pan with lid until cool. Place in recycled ketchup bottle and chill. — Aimee, Indiana


I used to have a set to make these, and I have no idea what happened to it. I was reading a magazine and they made popsicles in Dixie cups ( I tried them and they turned out pretty good. But I only had a few of the small cups. I decided to try my reusable silicone muffin cups, and they turned out perfect. They pop right out much easier than with the plastic set or the small cups. I make them with juice, yogurt or lemonade. My kids love the multicolored ones, and I have been making them almost everyday on a cookie sheet. I remember the “Schoolhouse Rock” shows on TV, and they used ice cube trays and toothpicks. We made those when I was a kid, but they always fell off the toothpicks. I went through my craft supplies and found a huge box of sticks to use. They were leftover from my Girl Scout leader days. I got them at Hobby Lobby for $1 (50 percent off), and I think it had 1,000 sticks! — Aimee, Indiana


I throw them in the washing machine with my baby’s cloth diapers, and they come out just fine. Few people realize that they’re made out of cotton and wash well. They may start to break down after so many washes, but I haven’t had too much trouble with them. It blows my mind that people are throwing away billions of wipes that could easily be reused. The waste just breaks my heart. — JaLane D, e-mail


Let the kids color them with markers. Then spray them with water. It becomes tie-dye. Let dry and then scrunch a bunch of them together and make flowers. Glue them to Popsicle sticks, which can also be decorated by the little ones. They are great as presents or decorations. Gave my daughter hours and hours of fun! — Kathy A., Massachusetts


I just finished a bottle of fabric conditioner from the dollar store. I use about a teaspoon per load (two people), about six or seven loads a week, so I decided to make homemade laundry softener.

6 cups water
3 cups vinegar
2 cups (16 ounces) cheap hair conditioner

Mix all in a gallon pitcher and divide into bottles. Use 1 tablespoon per load. My hair conditioner was a 15-ounce bottle, and this made 2 quarts and 2 cups softener. Then I poured it all into a gallon pitcher, stirred, and then divided it into bottles. Smells good, too! — Ali, Indiana
Note: I’m sure you could use this mixture to dampen a washcloth and toss it into the dryer, too.

photo by chispita_666

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