Saturday, September 4, 2010

Fruit Ketchup

It looked SO pretty in the pot, so I took a picture!

You will need:
4 cups chopped cored peeled tomatoes
4 cups chopped pitted, peeled peaches
2 cups chopped, cored, peeled apples
1 cup finely chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup liquid honey
1/2 cup white vinegar
2 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, (optional)

-In a large stainless steel saucepan, combine tomatoes, peaches and apples.  Over low heat, using a potato masher, mash the fruit until the juices flow.  Add onion and garlic.  Increase heat to med high and bring to a boil, stirring frequently.  Reduce heat and cover and boil gently until fruit is heated through and onions are translucent.
-Working in batches, transfer mixture to a food mill or sieve places over a glass or stainless steel bowl...mill or press with the back of a spoon to get out all the liquid & pulp.  Measure out 5 cups worth and discard solids.
-Return liquid and pulp to the saucepan,  Add remaining ingredients.  Bring to a boil over med high head, stiriring occasionally.  Reduce and boil gently for 45 min, or until it is the consistency of ketchup.
-Prepare canner, jars and lids.
-Ladle hot ketchup into hot jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace.  Remove air bubbles and wipe rim. Put on the lid and screw band.  Place jars in canner, ensuring they are completely covered with boiling water.  Process for 15 min.  Remove jars, cool and store.

*This recipe yeilds 4 250 ml jars of ketchup.  For all the work that is involved I would suggest doubling the recipe, (that's what I did), and get your times worth out of this!

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