Now is the perfect time to buy up big on cheap in-season tomatoes and use them in everything and anything! I did just that on the weekend at the Preston Market with my 'byo shopping trolley' that my parents got us for Christmas. I got so many jealous looks from the Nonnas at the market because it has two huge baskets and swivel wheels for turning-ease. It's pretty flash in the way that market shopping carts go! Anyway I loaded it up with $1.99 a kilo tomatoes that were looking a little less than perfect but beautifully ripe then went home and started saucing! This healthy homemade tomato ketchup sauce is as good (if not way better in my opinion!) as the store-bought version with only a few ingredients and not too much hard work at all!
Prefer BBQ sauce? Check out my Easy Homemade Smoky BBQ Sauce here!
2 kg tomatoes, washed and cored
4 garlic cloves, peeled
2 large red onions, peeled
3 tbs red wine vinegar (not that fancy - I get mine at Aldi!)
1/3 cup unrefined golden caster sugar (or regular caster sugar if you have that on hand)
1 tbs salt
Pepper to taste
Put everything except the sugar and vinegar into a food processor and pulse until quite smooth.
Transfer to a pot and simmer with the lid on for 40 minutes, stirring every now and then.
Add sugar and vinegar and simmer for 30 minutes with the lid off, stirring occasionally. Taste it at this point and add more sugar or salt if needed to your taste.
*Option - blend while hot (carefully!) to have a silky smooth ketchup or keep it as is for a chunkier version!
Pour sauce into sterilised jars and seal straight away. Keep in a cool, dark place until you're ready to use them. They should last you at least six months and makes about 700mL!