When it comes to sausages or bacon then I am a confirmed brown sauce man, however, every now and again I like a dollop of tomato ketchup and if you want something different than Heinz’s variety then this is worth making at home. It is probably a closer version to Wilkin & Sons (Tiptree) brand.

It also helps if you can buy 3kg deep red, really smell of tomatoes, fresh tomatoes for €1.50. I used half for these which produced a 175ml jar and then a third again. The rest of the tomatoes will go to make baked beans.

It is a simple one pot so throw the folllowing ingredients into a large pan, bring to the boil then simmer for 2 hours in which time the tomatoes will have broken down and will be ready (when cool) to pass through a food mill. Allow to simmer stirring from time to time and adding a little water if things are starting to look dry.

1 tablespoon olive oil
1½ kg tomatoes, roughly chopped
75ml cider vinegar
1 tablespoon sun dried tomatoes in oil
1 tablespoon tomato purée
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon paprika (picante)
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon mace, ground
½ teaspoon allspice
½ teaspoon cassia bark or cinnamon, ground
½ teaspoon nutmeg, ground
5 cloves
3 cardomon pods, crushed
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 bay leaves
Water as necessary

Now the disappointing bit. Store in a cool dark place as it will not be ready until early BBQ season 2018.

Home-Made Tomato Ketchup