Sugar Substitutes To Make Healthy Ketchup

Making a healthy ketchup without the use of sugar is easier than you think.

sugar sweeteners ketchup

We thought it would be a great idea to start our recipe series with a common household item – ketchup!
This is easy to make, and has zero sugar. You’ll need to get some alternate products to replace the standard white or brown sugar that we are all used to.
This will make the sauce extra healthy, low carbohydrate, and can be used in any savory dish!

Equipment you will need:
2 large pots
1 spice bag, often called a cheese bag
1 mallet to crush the spice
1 sieve (filter)
5 empty jars to store the final ketchup

Ingredients you will need:
6 lb of fresh tomatoes
1/4 cup of canola oil (we chose canola as it is low in saturated and trans fats)
10 oz red onion
1/2 cup parsley leaves
1 cup of sugar alternatives such as Erythritol. If using Xylitol, adjust to 3/4 cups.
1/2 stick of celery finely chopped
1 teaspoon Allspice
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon mustard seed
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup malt vinegar
1 stick of cinnamon

Heat up the oil in the large pot. Cut the tomatoes and onion into wedges.
Add tomatoes, onion, celery, and parsley into the pot and simmer for 45 minutes, uncovered. Stir every 5 minutes.
Let it cool, and pour it through a sieve to give you the thick puree. Discard the solids (skins) and put the puree back into a pot.
In a spice bag, crush the Allspice, cinnamon, mustard, and tie it up. Insert this into the pot into the puree. Add salt and mix with sugar substitutes. Add this to the puree. Pour in the vinegar and stir for 5 minutes.
Simmer the mixture for 3 hours and watch for it to thicken. Stir regularly to prevent sticking, until mixture is reduced to 4 cups. Take out the spice bag and allow mixture to cool. At this stage you can sample the final mixture to test for sweetness. If insufficient, you may still add more into the mix, while it is still warm.
Pour the final product into jars.

Will keep for up to 2 months if kept in the fridge!