Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Bite Battles: Beet Ketchup (Kid-Approved)

So I have some beef with with Heinz Ketchup and I will take you through the whole ordeal (it is not that long so don't skip down). I am not a big fan of ketchup, at all, but a certain little boy in my life is addicted (like most children are), however I was against him eating it unless we went out and it was available, mainly because of the hard to pronounce ingredients and copious amounts of unneeded sugars. But then Heinz did something great, they released an organic ketchup. We bought some, and it was good, but we decided it would be easier, healthier and more financial sound to just make it ourselves. You would think that would be the end of my issue with Heinz and their ketchup making ways, but oh no, it was not. I started noticing that they were selling organic and their original product, and that is when I decided Heinz was full of it and the organic version was a stunt to get more customers, not to encourage health. I do understand they are a business but don't have two sides to your plan and do not make organic versions of something and still keep your fake and sugary product on store shelves, it shows a lot about ethics. Not to mention they are one of the top brands that Monsanto supplies. Sorry for the rant, but I feel that this should be something that more people notice, it is one thing to compare brands but to compare almost identical products of the same brand and find huge differences is shameless and greedy. But you did not come here to read about me on my soapbox so here is our (better than Heinz) Beet Ketchup! 
Bite Battles: Beet Ketchup (Kid-Approved) by Custom Taste

If you have a munchkin, or are around tykes quite a bit, you know they love ketchup on anything and everything (yes, EVERYTHING!) however did you know most ketchups (not just Heinz) use two or more kinds of corn syrup in their ketchup, yuck! Not something I would want my kid consuming vast quantities of. The beets and honey in this recipe help give the ketchup natural sweetness that kids crave while giving them extra nutrients and lowering their intake of fake sugars. Yay! A condiment kids and parents can happily agree on! OH, and did I mention it is super easy and super quick? No? Well it is! Enjoy!

Shopping List
  • 1 Can of Beets
  • 2 TBSP Tomato Paste
  • 1/2 Cup Distilled Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 2 TSP Black Pepper
  • 2 TSP Onion Powder
  • 1 TSP Garlic Powder
  • 1 TBSP Paprika
  • 2 TSP Honey (or to taste)

Immersion Blender
Medium Sized Pot (and lid)
Stir Spoon
Can Opener

Time 15 Minutes
Prep 0 Minutes
Cook 15 Minutes
Yield 2 Cups/ 32 Servings

Time To Get Cooking!!!
Step 1: Open can of beets and pour into a pot. Set on the stove turned on to medium high
Step 2: Add tomato paste, water and vinegar. Stir together
Bite Battles: Beet Ketchup (Kid-Approved) by Custom Taste
Step 3: Bring to Simmer and let simmer for 5 minutes
Step 4: Turn off heat, grab your immersion blender and blend until smooth
Bite Battles: Beet Ketchup (Kid-Approved) by Custom Taste
Step 5: Turn heat back on, add your spices and honey. Fully mix together, put lid on pot and let simmer for 10 minutes
Step 6: Let cool and enjoy!
Bite Battles: Beet Ketchup (Kid-Approved) by Custom Taste
I told you it was quick and easy didn't I?

1 TBSP per serving on just about anything. We wouldn't recommend dessert, but who knows!

Storing and Reheating
Store in an airtight container. We chose to reuse a to-go soup container (washed and dried well of course)

Nutritional Comparison

Our Recipe Heinz Difference(our recipe) 

Cost Comparison

Our Recipe Heinz Difference(our recipe) 
Recipe Cost$0.98$2.67$-1.69
Cost Per Serving$0.03$0.05$-0.02

What You Won't Find In Our Version:
High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Spices (whatever those happen to be), Natural Flavouring (whatever that is).

-If you prefer to have a thicker variety reduce the vinger as well as the water
-Make sure you use a lid after blending the ketchup together. The simmering process is to thicken it up so it will bubble and spatter and no one wants a huge mess on their stove.

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