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Heinz Heinz 57 Copycat Recipe
Heinz Heinz 57
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Rating: 4.6 (7 reviews)
In the late 1800s Henry John Heinz established the slogan "57 Varieties," which you can still find printed on Heinz products even though the company now boasts over 5700 varieties in 200 countries. Today Heinz is the world's largest tomato producer, but interestingly the first product for the company that was launched in 1869 had nothing to do with tomatoes—it was grated horseradish. It wasn't until 1876 that ketchup was added to the growing company's product line.

Tomato is also an important ingredient in Heinz 57 steak sauce. But you'll find some interesting ingredients in there as well, such as raisin puree, malt vinegar, apple juice concentrate, and mustard. And don't worry if your version doesn't come out as brown as the original. Heinz uses a little caramel coloring in its product to give it that distinctive tint. It's just for looks though, so I've left that ingredient out of this clone recipe. The turmeric and yellow mustard will help tint this version a little bit like the color of the real deal.

Source: Even More Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

Raisin Puree
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup water

1 1/3 cups white vinegar
1 cup tomato paste
2/3 cup malt vinegar
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon yellow prepared mustard
2 teaspoons apple juice concentrate
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon turmeric

1. Make the raisin puree by combining the raisins with the water in a food processor or blender. Blend on high speed for 1 minute or until the puree is smooth. Measure 1/4 cup of this puree into a medium saucepan.

2. Add the remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth.

3. Turn heat up to medium high and bring mixture to a thorough boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 1/2 hour or until thick. Let sauce cool and then refrigerate it in a covered container for at least 24 hours.

Makes 3 cups.

Tidbits: Note that you'll only use 1/4 cup of the raisin puree. The rest is tossed out or used in another batch. I designed the recipe this way since it is difficult to puree such a small amount.

Close, but no cigar
Bruce Johnson  
Submitted on: 08/07/14
Tasted side by side with Heinz 57 and prefer the Heinz. Copy seems to lack a certain tang that I am looking for. Will try less sugar and use apple cider vinegar and apple sauce next time
Michele Lynn  
Submitted on: 06/19/07
I agree with Donnalynn. The large bottle is more than 6.50 at the store. I made this and then REFILL the bottle and the kids dont know the difference.
Bill R.  
Submitted on: 08/20/06
I don't know where Donnalynn has been buying her Heinz 57 sauce, but it's NOT $10 an ounce! A 10 ounce bottle costs about $4, more or less. That would make it around 40c an ounce.
Submitted on: 06/03/06
This recipe is the BEST! I have made it once and the color of the sauce changes after it refrigerates for awhile and is as close to the original as you could get.The flavor is also very close to the original and at over $10.00 an ounce in the stores, this is a huge savings.
Submitted on: 05/17/06
Very easy to do, but it lacks a charateristic flavor of the original. I think maybe tamarind, will try and add a little next time. Good though as is.
Submitted on: 12/29/05
This is EXACTLY like the original! Up here in the cold, cold North we find the original colour of the sauce quite appealing!
Travis Greene  
Submitted on: 10/08/05
better and cheaper than the stores