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Better for You Ketchup

Better for You Ketchup

Serves: 24

Category: Salads, Dressings, Dips and Sauces
Author: Jen Finn
Tags: Kid-Friendly

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Regular, bottled ketchup contains salt, high-fructose corn syrup and sugar. Here's a ketchup that you can feel good about serving to your family.

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4 medjool or 8 regular dates, pitted
1 cup water
12 ounces no-salt-added tomato paste (see note)
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon paprika
pinch allspice


Blend water and dates in blender until very smooth. Pour into saucepan with other ingredients, whisk together on medium-low heat until bubbly. Chill and serve.

Note: Select tomato products packaged in glass or cartons. These materials do not contain BPA.

Calories 24; Protein 1 g; Carbohydrates 6 g; Sugars 4 g; Total Fat 0.1 g; Saturated Fat 0 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 9 mg; Fiber 0.9 g; Beta-Carotene 138 ug; Vitamin C 3 mg; Calcium 8 mg; Iron 0.5 mg; Folate 2 ug; Magnesium 8 mg; Potassium 175 mg; Zinc 0.1 mg; Selenium 0.8 ug

Comments (19):



03/20/2011 12:57 PM

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Delicious with homemade fries (baked strips of potato). A bit less vinegar may be preferred by some people. And if it tastes too much like tomato paste, cook it a little longer, and that taste goes away.
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06/16/2011 03:43 AM

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How long will it stay good?


07/03/2011 09:53 PM

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I used half the vinegar. The kids really loved it.


08/13/2012 02:12 PM

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How could I substitute date syrup for this? I am thinking 1C of water, but I do not know how much ate syrup to add


03/20/2013 06:44 PM

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How long would this last in the refrigerator?


04/04/2013 04:54 AM

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For those worried about how long it will keep, here is something that works:

Freeze it into cubes using a flexible silicon tray, then pop out, and put the cubes in a marked bag in the freezer. That way you just take some out as you are using it up.
This comment was last edited on 04/04/2013 04:56 AM


05/06/2013 10:51 PM

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Cooking it longer is a great tip. I also added double the garlic and onion powders and a few splashes of fig vinegar at the end. We loved it. I also used it as a base for bbq tofu sauce. So versatile!


06/09/2013 10:12 PM

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I appreciate the tips when something can be frozen, because I find it difficult to manage the large recipes without freezing, and I don't always see a note about how well that works. Your tip for freezing in silicone trays will come in handy for other sauces and soups.


03/14/2015 07:51 PM

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How much quantity does this batch make


08/28/2015 01:54 PM

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I use a 29oz can of no salt added tomato sauce instead of paste and decreased the water to 1/2 cup. I find that I don't even have to cook it. Yummy!

Jeff D

09/06/2015 08:58 PM

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This ketchup is delicious. I have been struggling to give up my Heinz, but not any more. I did use Fig vinegar, and cayenne pepper in place of the paprika. I also let it simmer a while after it boiled, as recommend above.
This comment was last edited on 09/06/2015 08:59 PM

Bruce Spence

02/02/2016 03:09 PM

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Made recipe as is, plus added a 1/4 teaspoon of Ceylon cinnamon. The Bomb.


02/02/2016 04:58 PM

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Excellent. The allspice is an excellent addition to the recipe, which I discovered on my own. I added 1/4 teaspoon allspice. Cooking longer is excellent advice.


09/07/2016 07:00 PM

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I am concerned with the sugar content in purchased 'no added salt' tomato paste. My husband has cancer and therefore has to cut out all processed sugar. Can anyone suggest if I would be able to substitute fresh tomatoes for the paste, or if you know of a tomato sauce recipe that uses fresh tomatoes. We live in Australia so its not economical to purchased Dr Fuhrmans sauce. Thank you
This comment was last edited on 09/07/2016 07:04 PM


02/04/2017 07:29 PM

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I am currently using the above combination to cook on my beans in the oven at 350 degrees to make baked beans.  I have left out the dates, and the water, and added in tomatoe sauce.


02/13/2017 04:21 PM

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rochelle33, if you've not found a recipe using garden tomatoes for the tomato sauce yet, here's one from this site that used both garden grown and sun dried:   "Home-Style Tomato Sauce" 


11/19/2017 06:58 PM

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WOW you know it’s good when even your SAD hubby can’t stop eating it!!!


04/16/2018 05:21 PM

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I made this ketchup and it taste good- of course different than the regular ketchup but I kow the sodium content is low. Making another batch soon.


03/11/2020 12:12 AM

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Hit the spot for me. Had it with oven fries & atop my better burgers. Will make again. Maybe with a couple more dates.. 

This comment was last edited on 03/11/2020 12:13 AM