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Western Gourmet Ketchup

Ingredients
  Ripe tomatoes 18 Pound (about 72, 2 1/2")
  Salt 3 Tablespoon (canning or pickling)
  Sugar 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Paprika 1 Tablespoon
  Red cayenne pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon, ground
  Dry mustard 1 Tablespoon
  Whole peppercorns 1 Tablespoon
  Whole allspice 1 Tablespoon
  Mustard seeds 1 Tablespoon
  Bay leaves 4
  Basil leaves 1 Tablespoon
  Hot peppers 4 , sliced and seeded
  Cider vinegar 2 Cup (32 tbs) (5% acid strength)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. In a large pot of boiling water, dip tomatoes for 30 seconds until the skin is loose.
2. Transfer tomatoes to cold water for cooling.
3. Remove skin from tomatoes and core.

MAKING
4. In a 12 quart kettle, cook tomatoes for about 20 minutes until soft.
5. Through a sieve, pass the cooked tomatoes.
6. Return tomatoes to the kettle and stir in salt, sugar, paprika, red pepper (cayenne) and mustard.
7. Meanwhile, in a cheesecloth bag, put together peppercorns, allspice, mustard seeds, bay and basil leaves and hot peppers and tie; add to the tomatoes in the kettle.
8. Bring the mixture to a boil and then simmer on low heat for about 3 hours until sauce is thick.
9. Stir in vinegar and simmer for another 10 minutes until mixture rounds up on a spoon and sauce is separated from liquids.
10. Remove and discard spice bag.

FINALISING
11. Into 4 hot pint jars, spoon mixture leaving 1/8 inch empty on top of the jar.
12. Using a clean and dry kitchen towel, wipe the rim of jar and adjust lid.
13. Into a canner of boiling water, place the jars and process for about 15 minutes; start noting processing time after water in the canner returns to boiling.
14. Remove jars and place over a clean towel.
15. Let the jars cool down and seal completely until they are self-sealing type.

SERVING
16. Serve Western Gourmet Ketchup in small bowls with appetizers.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
American
Method: 
Canning
Dish: 
Sauce
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Tomato
Interest: 
Party, Healthy
Servings: 
266

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