I got a jar of this spicy catsup from a client along with the recipe. Once the jar was opened, it didn’t last that long. It was awesome. So my friend Kirstin and I made plans to make it ourselves.
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Kirstin and I got together today at her house to make homemade spicy catsup. Well, it was a very exciting day… Before I share the recipe, I wanted to tell you our tale. I hope you don’t skip ahead and just get the recipe because it is kind of humorous. Although maybe at the time it wasn’t that funny.
We got everything in the pot and put it on a low simmer for 2 hours.
Next we put our lunch in the oven to warm up and headed downstairs to watch Downton Abbey. That’s when all of the fun began…
The smoke alarm goes off. Kirstin goes upstairs to see what’s going on and discovers that it is really the carbon monoxide alarm. As she’s looking up what to do on the internet, I call my husband to see if he can help us. The internet said to open the windows to air the house out and my hubby told us to press the button on the alarm to see if it will reset.
A few minutes later not only does the the alarm on the main level go off again but the one downstairs does too. A little nervous and shaky at this point, Kirstin looks for one cat while I put the other cat in the carrier because we gotta get out of there.
She grabs the phone and one cat (we couldn’t find the other one) and we go out back. Luckily we grabbed our coats too because it’s cold….brrr. Now, I too am starting to feel dizzy. Kirstin calls 911.
A few minutes later, we hear the sirens in the distance. Kirstin says, “it’s kind of strange when you hear the sirens and you know that they are coming to your house.” “Yup” was all I could get out.
The next thing we know, they are walking through the front door and head off in different direction. Two come out back and start asking us questions about what we were doing, etc.
Because we said that we were dizzy, they wanted to check us out in the ambulance even though we said that it could be because we were hungry or the power of suggestion for the CO.
As one technician is checking our oxygen and CO levels (both were normal for both of us), another technician comes tells us they can’t really find anything, asks us more questions about what we were doing all while taking our blood pressure which turn out to be a little high. When he found out we were making homemade spicy catsup he perked up. (I think we might have to take them a jar or two).
Now one of the firemen come in the ambulance and says that all the readings are within normal range, but they are puzzled why both alarms went off.
We had to sign our life away ~ really that we refused to go to the hospital for treatment and then they released us because other than our blood pressure readings being through the roof, we were fine. I was actually still feeling a little dizzy but I wasn’t about to tell them that.
Back inside, we put the pot of catsup back on to simmer, ate our lunch and watched Downton Abbey and waited until it was time to put the catsup in the jars.
I will always remember this day of catsup making and being rescued by the fire department.
Homemade Spicy Catsup
Yields: 9 pints or 18 half-pints
4 28 oz. cans crushed tomatoes
4 large onions, pureed
1 1/2 Tablespoons pickling spices
1 teaspoon ground cloves
2 1/2 Tablespoons horseradish
4-5 large garlic cloves, minced
3 Tablespoons salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 1/2 Tablespoons red pepper flakes (if you don’t want it too spicy, cut this in half)
1 pint cider vinegar
2 1/2 cups sugar (we used sugar in the raw)
NOTE: All spices should be heaping measures.
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Puree onions in Food Processor. Put pickling spices in cheese cloth and tie with kitchen twine. Mix all ingredients together in large pot. Simmer for 2 hours uncovered or until desired thickness, stirring occasionally.
Submerge sealed jars in boiling water for 5 minutes.
Let sit in water for additional 5 minutes.
Enjoy the fruits of your labor on burgers, fries or whatever your heart desires.