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  • Preparation time : 10 min
  • Ready in : 10 min
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Do your kids just LOVE ketchup? Too bad the commonly available, store-bought ketchups are often full of high fructose corn syrup and other undesirable ingredients, like preservatives and lots of salt. Tomatoes are very healthy, and making ketchup yourself is a quick and easy, child-friendly cooking activity. Helena ( five years) did it! No need to restrain ketchup usage anymore.

If you’d like your child to help with the cooking and learn more about food,
scroll down for our child friendly tips.



  • about 350g or about 1,5 cups of tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar (or other vinegar)
  • 1/2 tbsp  maple syrup or honey
  • pepper to taste
  • pinch of salt (omit this if the tomate paste comes salted)
  • about 1/2 cup of water

Optionally – mix according to your taste

  • 4 cloves (grind in a morser if needed)
  • 1 tsp chinese five space or a mixture of e.g. nutmeg, cinnamon, fennel, star anice
  • Bragg’s seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp sage


  1. mix all the spices
  2. add water to get desired consistency
  3. fill into a bottle (old ketchup containers do well)
  4. Refrigerate and ready!

For longer shelf life, boil the container if made of glass.

Get the children to help

Easy tasks for younger children

  • measure and mix all the ingredients

Moderate tasks for older children

  • fill the ketchup into the container

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