Friday, February 28, 2014
Awesome! Perfect timing!
Unfortunately, I discovered that while there still is SOME, there is not enough ketchup in the ketchup bottle. I checked the pantry, I no longer have my extra bottle as I gifted DS #1. I texted DS to see if he was still coming over tonight, as he works at a grocery store and he could bring me some ketchup tonight, and I'd reimburse him. He won't be coming over, he has plans. DD is working but isn't feeling well, so once she's home, it's ginger ale and crackers I am afraid, perhaps some more OTC meds. : (
I am not about to ask her to go out either.
I was reading some blogs and saw a link off of one of them to another blog, where the writer is also doing a frugal February. Best part: her most recent post is about running out of ketchup and she shared a recipe to make your own! (Why didn't I think of that!)
I had everything on hand: 12 oz can of tomato paste, water, sugar, garlic and onion powder, white vinegar. A few minutes on the stove and I mixed up 24 oz (I measured it) of ketchup. It's not Heinz, a brand I prefer, but I'll use just about any brand (except Aldi's which we tried once, felt it was too sweet). This homemade version came out really good. Considering that it's intended to go into a Crock Pot of tomato based baked beans, I figured that I had little to lose. I find this new recipe acceptable, and have decanted my glass measuring cup into the ketchup bottle. Wonder if the kids will notice any difference? ; )
I used a crash n burn can of tomato paste @ 60 cents. I estimate that this batch cost me $1 to mix for 24 oz, which is what I pay for Hunts no HFCS ketchup at Dollar Tree. Great emergency solution.
Simply perfect! : )