Heinz Ketchup copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Heinz Ketchup

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By the age of 12 John Heinz was peddling produce from his family's garden in post-Civil War Pittsburgh. By age 25, he and a friend launched Heinz & Noble to sell bottled horseradish in clear glass bottles that revealed its purity. Henry's pickling empire grew as he added jams, jellies, and condiments to the line, including ketchup, which was added in 1876. You'll still see the famous Heinz pickle logo on every product, and if you want a quick tip on how to get the thick stuff out of the bottle easily, don't pound on the backside like a maniac. Instead Heinz recommends a good smack to the embossed "57" found on the neck of every bottle. Today Heinz is the world's largest tomato processor, with the famous ketchup bottles sitting on a shelf somewhere in over half of U.S. households. But, if one day you find your house is all out, create a simple clone with a few common ingredients. You'll get a whole 12-ounce bottle worth of thick, tasty ketchup with this original secret recipe.

If you're looking to avoid high fructose corn syrup and refined sugar, check out my clone for Real Ketchup here.

Source: Even More Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

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  • One 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
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      1. Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until smooth.

      2. When the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often.

      3. Remove the pan from the heat and cover until cool. Chill and store in a covered container.

      Makes 1 1/2 cups.

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Chris Cane
Jul 2, 2019, 06:43

Just found out I have an onion allergy and of course all store bought ketchup is made w/ onion powder. This just started cooking and I can already tell it's VERY close to the Heinz's recipe. I'm Sooo stinking excited! I loved how versatile this recipe is. Of course I left out the onion powder, and after reading the reviews I used honey in place of the corn syrup, molasses in place of the sugar and added 1/4 teas celery salt and 1/8 teas cloves and it still tastes close to Heinz . I can already tell this is way better, and much closer to store bought ketchup, than the other 3 recipes I've tried so far. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!

Heather Leal
Feb 6, 2019, 19:51

Todd, you are brilliant! This recipe is spot on!

I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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