Hedgerow ketchup

Hedgerow ketchup

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 40 mins - 45 mins

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Makes about 500ml
Use up foraged elderberries, blackberries, hawthorn haws or crab apples in this fruity homemade ketchup - a great sauce for sausages or burgers

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per tbsp

  • kcal16
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs4g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre1g
  • protein0g
  • salt0.1g
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  • 500g elderberries
  • 500g mix of blackberries, hawthorn haws and/or crab apples



    A purply black-coloured berry comprising many individual seed-containing fruits surrounding a…

  • 3 shallots, chopped
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 300ml red wine vinegar
  • 250g light muscovado sugar

For the spice bag

  • 3 dried chillies



    Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…

For the spice bag

  • 1 tsp black peppercorns

For the spice bag

  • 1 tsp mustard seeds

For the spice bag

  • 3 thin slices ginger



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

For the spice bag

  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half

For the spice bag

  • 4 pared strips of limes zest



    The same shape, but smaller than…


  1. Wash your bottles in hot soapy water, rinse well and leave upside down to dry. Wash and pick over all the fruit. Tip into a large pan with the shallots, salt and vinegar. Measure the spice bag ingredients onto a square of muslin, tie with kitchen string and add to the pan.

  2. Bring slowly to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer very gently, partially covered, for 30 mins until all the fruit is softened. Remove the spice bag and press the mixture through a plastic sieve to remove seeds and tough skins.

  3. Put your prepared bottles in a moderate oven (180C/160C fan/gas 4) for 10 mins. Return the ketchup mixture to the rinsed-out pan and add the sugar. Bring to the boil, stirring, then boil hard for 8-10 mins until thick and syrupy. Decant into your warm bottles, seal and label. Will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks – for long-term storage (up to a year), the ketchup will need to be sterilised (see tip, below left).

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26th Sep, 2015
This will go down a treat at our Halloween BBQ
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