Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
I went to the food bank a couple of days ago. I hadn’t intended to go but a neighbor asked me to go with her and give her what I didn’t need. She had been off work sick for a few days which meant her paycheck was a lot less and really needed the food for her family.
I gave her everything except this one item. A box of Annie’s organic sugar free, salt free, tomato soup. What do you think I will do with a small box of tomato soup other than have a soup and sandwich meal?
Make homemade ketchup of course! Here’s a recipe I came up with that is diabetic friendly using a few ingredients.
Homemade ketchup, sugar free and salt free
Put all ingredients into a pot over medium heat. Just as soon as the liquid starts to boil turn the heat down to low and simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning, until it becomes thick. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Strain through a wire mesh strainer to remove the bits of dates and put into a container. I used a plastic container to store mine.
Ok, this is not completely sugar free but the sweetness of dates is far better than high fructose corn syrup found in store bought ketchup don’t you think? If you are not on a restricted diet like me you could use regular soup to make your ketchup.