Homemade Ketchup and Yellow Mustard (With No Corn Syrup)


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Ah yes, summer is just around the corner. Do you hear that? The sizzling of the grill. The hypnotizing tune of the ice cream truck (wait, come back!). The chatter of picnics, barbeques, and outdoor parties as Memorial Day is right around the corner. Are you ready for summer eats? Two iconic condiments you will find at every picnic table are ketchup and yellow mustard. But did you know it’s easy to make your own? No more running out to the store at the last minute, fighting for a parking spot and waiting in line for 30 minutes, all for two bottles. Nope, just make your own Homemade Ketchup and Yellow Mustard at home (with no corn syrup added!).

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You’re not going to believe how easy it is to make your own ketchup and mustard. First of all, mustard takes no more than 10 minutes, depending on how long you take to measure everything (and spill mustard powder all over the counter). If you make a small batch, it takes about 5 minutes to cook. If you make a bigger batch, it may take a little longer to boil until thick. Mustard gets its famous yellow color from turmeric, but if you don’t have any, don’t fret. Mustard still tastes like mustard without it.

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Ketchup, on the other hand, takes a little bit longer to develop flavors. First, very authentic ketchup starts with fresh tomatoes. However, it also means longer to cook, run through a sieve, cook again, etc. I cheated a bit by starting with tomato paste. This is where it’s important to use a high-quality, good-tasting tomato paste. Throw everything together in a pan and simmer for 30-60 minutes. The longer you cook, the more time the flavors have to develop. However, I’ve cooked this batch in 30 minutes and was still successful, so you can still whip up ketchup when you realize you ran out. I will refrain from saying quickly, but you can have it cook away with little maintenance while working on the rest of the picnic.

And for those of you watching what you eat, there is no corn syrup to be found. Don’t you feel better now that you know exactly what goes into your condiments? So kick back, throw some dogs on the grill, and enjoy the upcoming lazy days of summer.

Oh and while I was shooting the hot dogs, I also reshot my Amish Macaroni Salad. If you are tired of serving traditional macaroni salad, you need to make this one because it uses mustard and paprika to amp up the mayonnaise.

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Homemade Ketchup Homemade Yellow Mustard

5 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

10 minTotal Time

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6 ounces tomato paste
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1/4 cup water
4 tablespoons dry ground mustard
3 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon turmeric (optional)
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together all of the ingredients. Bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to simmer, cover, and cook for 30-60 minutes*. Cool completely then chill before using. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
  2. In a medium saucepan, whisk together all of the ingredients. Bring to a boil then simmer until thickened, roughly 5 minutes*. Cool completely then chill before using. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.


*For best results, cook 60 minutes. However, if pressed for time, you can cook for 30 minutes. *If you double the recipe, you may need to cook longer until thickened.


Source: Adjusted from Serious Eats
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  1. Dude…I am beyond impressed. I love this post!

  2. I’ve always wondered how mustard is made. I’ve made my own ketchup several times, but never mustard. Maybe because I rarely buy it? Hmm. Now that I know it’s so quick, I’ll have to make my own!

    • I didn’t realize it was made so quickly until I started looking. I rarely buy mustard myself, so it’s nice to make a small batch on the spot!

  3. I love this!! So much healthier than the store bought stuff!

  4. LOVING this!

  5. You TOTALLY know me – I go through a 3.8L (1 gallon) container of mustard in about 2-3 weeks! I love that stuff. Sister does the same to ketchup :-)

  6. I’ve thought about making homemade ketchup for a long time and yet never investigated it. I’m so glad you shared this recipe and it’s giving me the nudge to make my own. I bet it is so much better than store bought.

  7. I can’t wait to make both of these this Spring!

  8. Yum! I love that you made homemade ketchup and mustard. Now I want to make my own, too. Thanks for featuring my bbq sauce.

  9. Love this post, Carla! I’m slightly embarrassed to admit this, but as I started reading I realized that I didn’t even know what’s in mustard! Sad, but true. Thanks for fixing that :)

  10. We love making our own ketchup, but I have never tried (or even thought of) attempting mustard. What a great idea! Great recipe too!

  11. Wow, for some reason I thought making mustard and ketchup would be harder. But this looks really easy!

  12. Lovely photos, Carla–they just shout PICNIC to me!

  13. This is neat, but what is the purpose of making them? Do they taste better than the store-bought version or is it just to say you made homemade mustard/ketchup?

    • There are several reasons to make your own condiments:

      1. Yes, they taste better, ketchup especially. Everyone has different tastes. Some don’t like ketchup too sweet, so they can make their own and cut back on the sugar. Or some like a little heat, so maybe they will add some cayenne or crushed red pepper.

      2. You know exactly what you’re eating. Some people are against corn syrup. Others need to watch their sodium intake. Some people simply like to pronounce all of the ingredients.

      3. Time and money saver. Right now, I have all of the ingredients in my pantry. Why run all the way to the store, which takes me 20 minutes round trip, more if I’m stuck behind a truck that just came off of the highway or a tractor from one of the nearby farms? Unless I needed them yesterday, it would take me less time to make the mustard than to jump into my car (I don’t have the luxury of sending someone to the store for me). And although you can argue ketchup takes more time, you can multitask while the ketchup is simmering.

      4. Have you ever waken up Memorial Day, realized you needed to buy ketchup and mustard, and then proceeded to the store? Never. Again.

  14. How fun! I’ve been meaning to try making homemade condiments for years.

  15. I have made my own mustard but not the yellow kind. No reason not to try this. However I am addicted to Heinz ketchup. How does yours compare in taste? I’m sure it must be better for you but just can’t get their taste out of my head!

    • I’m not going to lie and say it tastes like Heinz because it doesn’t. The difference between Heinz and my recipe is corn syrup (and perhaps adjustments of the spices). With that said, homemade ketchup still tastes great and is worth making. However, if you are stuck on Heinz, you may want to google for a copycat recipe.

  16. I never thought to make my own mustard or ketchup- what awesome recipes! Thanks for sharing! That honey mustard dip looks delish as well.

  17. Candelaria says:

    Thanks for the recipe!

    Is so strong this mustard? What type of mustard you say that looks like? Dijon, English mustard…?
    I love Annie’s organic mustard and that’s the flavor I’m looking for my homemade mustard.

    Thank you again

  18. Can this be canned with a hot water bath for dry storage, so it will last longer than 2 weeks?


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