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Grandma's Homemade Ketchup

Grandma's Homemade Ketchup can be made with fresh tomatoes and onions or canned tomato juice for a condiment that will remind you of the good old days. With a mixture of cinnamon and ground cloves, this catsup - as Grandma called it - is delicious on everything.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: groumet ketchup, homemade catsup, homemade ketchup, old-fashioned catsup
Servings: 4 quarts
Author: Barbara


  • 2 gallons tomato juice
  • 2 onions shredded
  • 8 Tablespoons salt
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons ground cloves
  • 3 cups vinegar
  • 8 cups sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons cornstarch


  • Cook tomato juice and onions in a large stockpot over medium-low heat until onions are translucent, approximately 20 minutes.
  • Run juice through a sieve; discarding onions. Add juice back to the stockpot.
  • Add salt, cinnamon, cloves, and vinegar. Boil over medium heat until reduced by one-third (1/3).
  • Mix together sugar and cornstarch and add to the stockpot. Turn down heat to low, whisking constantly until thickened, approximately 5 minutes.
  • Let cool.
  • Store in refrigerator.


  • Isn't it cool that old fashioned ketchup is really a gourmet ketchup?
  • The distinct flavors of this homemade catsup are ground cloves and ground cinnamon.
  • You can use fresh garden tomatoes or take a shortcut by starting with canned tomato juice.
  • This homemade catsup stores great in the refrigerator.
  • Try using the leftover homemade catsup in pulled pork like this Crock Pot Sweet Pulled Pork Recipe.