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How To Make Homemade Tomatoes Ketchup

If you’re growing Tomatoes in your garden and you have plucked too much of it, Homemade ketchup is a great way to use excess tomatoes from your garden. Although, there are many variations of Ketchup in the market but the homemade tomato variation can be healthy rather than buying. Truly, we have all eaten tomatoes Ketchup like Heinz and Maggi  so some might really find it difficult to get used to homemade Ketchup, but giving it a try is worth it.



  • Tomato Juice
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Vinegar
  • Chopped Onions
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Chopped Garlic
  • Ground Cloves
  • Powdered paprika
  • Chilli
  • Ground White Pepper
  • Colour

Preparing the Tomato Ketchup

  • Select your tomatoes for good ones
  • Immerse tomatoes (whole) in hot water for 3-6 seconds. Spray with cold water.
  • Peel off tomato skin by pulling the skin back from the blossom end
  • Remove the seed neatly with a knife
  • Pulp the tomatoes in a blender and strain
  • Heat the tomato pulp in an open pan for 1 hour
  • While boiling, add all spices and salt into the boiling puree. Add the sugar syrup.
  • Boil until you have the consistency you desire.
  • Allow the ketchup to cool.

You can serve with the food of your choice and store the rest in your refrigerator.

Is Tomato Ketchup A Healthy Condiment For You?

Ketchup goes with just everything like French fries, burgers, hot sauce etc. If you have ever eaten any of these, am sure you must have had it with tomato ketchup.

Ketchup is a condiment used alongside this snack and it is delicious. But how healthy is it for you? Ketchup which many love has little bit of health benefits like lycopene which is an antioxidant that may help prevent some forms of cancer. But really, we need to weigh it advantages and disadvantages for the sake of our health.

While ketchup contains high amount of tomatoes it also contains some ingredients that our body does not really  need much like salt and corn syrup.

High fructose corn syrup is a product that comes from corn, and is typically used as a sugar substitute. This product can be dangerous for a number of reasons. First, it is very high in calories, which can cause weight gain. And of the other hand, high fructose corn syrup is dangerous in that it can wreck havoc with your blood sugar levels.

Ketchup  also contains quite a bit of salt. Most people avoid salt in an effort to prevent a number of other serious health concerns. Namely, high blood pressure, as well as damage to arterial walls. Both of these factors can result in severe cardiovascular disease, stroke, heart attacks, and in extreme cases, can even lead to possible death. In general, you should avoid salt whenever possible in order to achieve optimal health.

Wikipedia adds that “the Food and Drug Administration has prohibited the use of the word “ketchup” on product labels unless the product conforms to a set of strict guidelines. All products marketed as ketchup in the United States must be thickened only with tomato solids, and the viscosity of the sauce must be within a very narrow range. The nutrient content of the sauce is also tightly regulated.”

So, if you must have ketchup, kindly look out for low sodium ketchups.

Potato Fries

Potatoes fries is popularly known as French fries because it is fried in a French manner. This fries, mostly sold in fast food and Bars is usually enjoyed with barbecue fish and Ketchup. But hey, you don’t have to visit such places before you can have your favorite meal.

So why not serve your family the very best? Learn how to make homemade potatoes fries or French fries quick and easy. They only take a few extra minutes to prepare.



 Vegetable Oil

 Salt (optional)


  • Peel and wash potatoes.
  • Slice potatoes into 1/2 with potatoes chipper or Knife
  • Rinse or soak potato strips in water.
  • Let dry (about 5 minutes)
  • Drop potato strips into hot (375 degrees) Oil
  • Fry until golden brown. (About 5minutes)
  • Remove from frying pan and drain on paper towels.

 If you’re using salt, sprinkle it now.

 Serve immediately with chilled Zobo drink or juice of your choice.

Steamed Beans Pudding (Moi Moi)

Steamed beans pudding also called Moin Moin in West Africa. This is a healthier and luscious way of enjoying beans. It is served in many restaurants and usually goes well with pap, custard, plantain or Ijebu garri . Personally, I like to beautify my Moin Moin to look inviting like adding sliced tomatoes and little bit of ketchup. Or better still some lettuce by the tomatoes.


4 cups beans, peeled

Chilli Pepper to taste

6 medium size tomatoes

1 Paprika

1 large Onion bulb

2 cups bulky chunks of Fish/Sardine/ Minced or chopped Meat

3 Boiled Egg

4 cups rich Stock

2 cups of water

1 cube Maggi Cubes

Salt to taste

3 tbsp Vegetable Oil

Leaves or plastic bowls

Banana leaves to form a base in the pot


Boil the eggs and the meat/fish and cut them into chunks if you are not using minced meat

Soak beans in water for about 20mins

Remove the seed coat by rubbing the beans in between your hands and draining out the seed coat with a sieve

Repeat this till you have sieved out most of the seed coat of the beans; pour into a tray and hand pick the remaining seed coat.

Watch out for stones

Grind the beans, pepper and onions into a smooth paste

Add the vegetable oil, Maggi cube and salt to taste and stir properly

Put banana leaves in a large pot to form a base and place on heat

Put just enough water to cover the base of the pot

Wrap the leaves into the form of cones and fold the bottom upwards

Still holding the bottom, scoop the beans and fill half of the cone

Put the chopped eggs and fish/meat into it

Fold the top of the cone and bend it backwards

Place the wrapped moin moin into the pot

Continue till the mixture is all used up

Pour in more water into the pot and allow to cook till mixture gets tick.