Home Skillet Ketchup

At my house we go through A LOT of ketchup.  I always thought making your own must be pretty difficult but I proved myself wrong.  Next time you have a hefty batch of ripe tomatoes sitting around, give it a try.  You might surprise yourself and your loved ones!

Home Skillet Ketchup
8 medium tomatoes
4 fresh green beans
3 mini bell peppers (red, orange, yellow)
1 medium yellow onion
3 cloves fresh garlic
1 inch knob fresh ginger
1 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoon soy sauce
4 whole cloves
1 Tablespoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Splash of red wine (optional)
1 cup water
Olive oil (for sauteing)

Finely chop and saute onion, garlic, bell peppers, ginger and green beans in a little olive oil over low heat until cooked through.  Add chopped tomatoes and continue cooking for about 10 minutes.  Add all remaining ingredients and cook over very low heat for 1 hour or more.  Taste test for seasoning level.  Allow mixture to cool and remove whole cloves if possible.  Blend mixture in high speed blender until smooth.  Add a little water if mixture seems too thick.  Put ketchup in an airtight glass container and refrigerate until ready to use.

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