Homemade ketchup seems somehow mysterious, but once you find a good recipe, it's not complicated to make. My youngest loves ketchup, so I tried out several homemade ketchup recipes until we found some he liked. The first ketchup recipe uses fresh tomatoes, and is suitable for canning or freezing for long term storage. The second ketchup recipe is lacto-fermented, so you get some probiotics with your burger and fries. It starts with tomato paste, so it's a cinch to whip up.
A lot of us are trying to stretch our food budgets by growing our own or purchasing in bulk. Many are also joining CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) programs, which provide them with produce (and sometimes other items) throughout the growing season. To take full advantage of local food sources, we need to find ways to store food after harvest. This post will give you a brief overview of different home food preservation methods, and direct you to addition resources. Then you can decide which methods works best for you.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Fermenting Foods
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Fermenting Foods by Wardeh Harmon is an excellent resource for both new and experienced fermenters. For those new to the topic, Wardeh provides detailed explanations. She walks you through the process from beginning to end, discussing the “why” as well as the “how”. For experienced fermenters, there are LOTS of recipes – you're sure to find something you haven't tried. [Read more…]