So your favorite foods have high fructose corn syrup, and sugar, and lskdjflksdjf and lskdjfsjd sldkjfkljd. Do you know what I’m saying?
Sometimes it’s nice to know exactly what is going into your food…and sometimes it’s better not to know. And better to just avoid it. Now, ketchup and almond milk aren’t exactly the worst culprits in these long list of unpronounceable ingredients, but there is nothing wrong with a little homemade fun. My friend, Amy, turned me onto the home made ketchup idea. She missed ketchup, we missed ketchup, we made moves. They are unbelievably simple, and the ingredients is close to none.
12 oz Tomato Paste
1.5 cup Water
2 tbsp Vineger
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Onion Powder
1/4 tsp All Spice
All you do is combine the ingredients in a sauce pan, heat, and stir until smooth. Add salt if you aren’t watching your sodium. Or you could be a true Maryland citizen and add a ridiculous amount of old bay to your ketchup. There is no turning back, this will change the taste of your sweet potato fries for the better. I also made a cinnamon spiced ketchup. I didn’t measure for either of these flavors, I just poured and tasted until I thought it was acceptable. It doesn’t exactly taste like the sweet & smooth Heinz Ketchup, but to me it is close. No added sugar, syrup, nothing. It’s smooth, tasty, and stores well.
On another recipe it says that you can add vanilla extract and prepared Irish moss (I don’t know what that is…) to thicken but for now I didn’t add anything. It tastes fine and will be great to help add substance to my smoothies. You can also freeze the milk into ice cube trays to add to smoothies. The jar on the left has added dark coco powder, unsweetened, and a few drops of liquid stevia.
1. Soak nuts in cold water. (2-6 hours, or overnight)
2. Place nuts & water in a blender and mix until smooth.
3. Pour mixture through strainer (or nut sack..RECOMENDED) and allow milk to drain into a bowl.
4. Rinse blender and return milk to it.
5. Add any other ingredient or flavoring, blend until smooth.