Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Amish Recipe Series... Amish Tomato Ketchup, for canning

Why do Old Order Amish not like having their pictures taken?

Old Order Amish and Mennonites forbid photography of their people, and their objection is based on the second commandment, Exodus 20:4: Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

Today's recipe... Remember... Disclaimer: The Amish don't always follow updated USDA canning methods, they follow methods passed down from generation to generation. Use this recipe at your own discretion, or adapt it to your own method. I am sharing these recipes EXACTLY as they were sent to me and take no responsibility for them.

Amish tomato ketchup, for canning
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My dh's Amish mother raised him on this recipe. He MUCH prefers it over store-bought ketchup. It was a taste I had to acquire, but now my ds's also prefer this type of ketchup. Enjoy!


3 quarts tomato juice
1 pint apple cider vinegar
4 -5 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
3 drops clove oil
5 drops cinnamon oil
4 Tablespoons ground dry mustard

Mix all ingredients & boil for 2-1/2 hours, or until thick.
Pour into jars.
(no need to heat filled jars).
I use 'old' glass ketchup bottles.
It is not necessary for these to seal.
"My Amish mother-in-law has been making this her entire life, and has never used a sealed jar for this recipe, and it's always been great!"


  1. Much different recipe than what I have in my Amish cookbook. Not only is it completely different but it's also canned in sterilized jars and sealed; using whole, ripe tomatoes, celery, onions, sweet peppers, etc.
    I feel so much safer when my jars are canned and sealed.

  2. That sounds great. I'll definitely have to try that one. My previous catsup experiments have been very spicy and tart, when all I really wanted was a plain tomato catsup. Thank you!


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