Vinegar-less homemade ketchup

Hi, my name is Maggan. Welcome to Maggan’s kitchen!

I’m having a good day. Since yesterday my knees have been feeling well oiled. They are still well lubricated today so I’m in top shape. This afternoon at work, I learned that starting next Friday, I won’t have to deal with useless papers and the heavy paperwork anymore. Libresse! Er, I mean…Liberte!

Maggan’s kitchen has acquired a new cookbook called Cook right 4 your type. The book is authored by Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo, an American naturopathic doctor and pioneer of the blood-type diet.

Simply put, foods that promote the health of a person with blood type O make a blood type A , B, or AB person sick. The different blood types though share some things in common. One of them is gaining no benefit at all from vinegar of any form–organic, apple cider, expensive balsamic, coconut vinegar etc. Therefore, all blood types should avoid vinegar and all foods that contain it. Like ketchup.

Sounds like the end of the world, doesn’t it? Is it possible to enjoy meatballs, french fries, hamburgers, and fried chicken without ketchup? The good news is that Cook right 4 your type offers an alternative to ketchup called homemade ketchup, what else?


  • 3/4 cup water (177 ml)
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons juice from fresh lemon (1/2 small lemon or 1/4 big lemon)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce or tamari sauce

The recipe suggests to mix all ingredients in a bowl. My alternative is to mix it in a glass jar. Put all the ingredients in a glass jar and then shake hard and well so that they blend into a smooth and flavourful sauce. Shake it a la Jaime, baby!

Despite working some overtime and doing the grocery on the way home (without sounding like the little pig who went to the market), I still had some good energy left when H and I came home.

I had been contemplating on testing the vinegar-less ketchup so, for dinner, I made baked meatballs with peaches and chives which I then served with quartered boiled potatoes with caramelized onions. On top of that dish, I spooned some of the homemade ketchup. Flavourful condiment without the sting of the vinegar.

H liked it. I hope his blood type is neither A nor B since tomatoes are poison to them. Intrigued? You may borrow my Cook right 4 your type.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe, 8 people died in a bomb explosion in a shopping mall in the city of Makati in Metro Manila. That mall is a popular hangout. This dampened the day a bit.

Sahara Hotnights. My spirit is lifted thanks to this female band who plays and sings well. Their songs are worth listening to. With my back turned against the TV, I could hear a female voice in the background. The band sounded tough. After hearing 2 songs, I had to face the TV and see the faces behind the music. Sahara Hotnights from Norrland. (I see where the name is coming from.) It was the band’s concert in Malmö.

I watched the rest of the concert wondering if H had Sahara’s albums in his vinyl collection. And if he didn’t, I was wondering why not.

You see, many good things happened earlier today. Well lubricated knees, painless shoulders, less paperwork on Fridays, vinegar-less homemade ketchup, baked meatballs with peaches and chives, lemon-licorice ice cream, and Sahara Hotnights.



  1. Merrylin said

    I looking for good ketchup recipe for my sister and this look as very intersting .Rgd Thanx for sharing

  2. Margie said

    I hope your sister enjoys the vinegar-less ketchup. Thanks for dropping by my blog.

  3. kathy brkich said

    My brother became alergic to vinegar & onions & mushrooms etc.. after having throat surgery a few years ago. He made a mention about wanting to find ketchup without all the things he can no longer have. I am so happy I found your receipe. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Margie said

    Hi Kathy! I’m glad you found this blog useful. Before buying, do check the ingredients of tomato pastes. Some contain vinegar. I would also recommend the book “Eat Right 4 Your Type” or “Cook Right 4 Your Type” by Dr. Peter J- d’Adamo. The first book explains which foods are beneficial to blood type groups. The second book contains recipes.

  5. jermey said

    Ketchup is so much better without vinegar its not even funny.

  6. Lori said

    Thank you so much for this recipe. Since our 8 year old daughter was diagnosed with tourettes a year ago we have had to make big changes in her diet. Vinegar, dairy, wheat, artificial colors and sugars are a few of the things she can not have. We are getting such an education on healthy foods and especially good and bad ingredients. She has had a very positive response to this new menu. Thanks for posting the ketchup recipe…so everyone does not have to experiment to find these things!!

    • Margie said

      Hi Lori!

      If you have time and access to a library, I would suggest that you check Dr. d’Adamo’s book Cooking Right 4 your Type. You’re daughter may not have type O blood but you’ll find recipes that are free from dairy, wheat, and vinegar—precisely the ingredients that type O should avoid.

  7. […] out with finding a brand that met my criteria. So back into the kitchen I went. I started with a recipe without vinegar and gave it a try although the consistency did not turn out the way I wanted. So I tried again, […]

  8. Cat said

    Hi thanks for the info… I was just wondering if an alternative ingredient can be used instead of honey as I’m vegan. I do hope im not being a pain .
    Thank You

    • Margie said

      Hi! You may try brown or muscovado sugar. Fruit sugar can also be an alternative. I’m guessing though that the ketchup can taste sweeter when sugar is used instead of honey. Do let me know how your ketchup turns out. Good luck!

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    I’m going to highly recommend this site!

    • Margie said

      Hi! Thanks for liking my site. It’s old and I haven’t been writing anything new since I late 2008 when I was in my last term of my first and last pregnancy. However I continue to acknowledge or reply to comments.

  10. Rochelle said

    Hi! My child can’t have sugar of any type…even fruit sugar right now. Will this recipe still work?

    • Margie said

      Hi Rochelle! I would recommend that you confirm with a health practitioner, dietitian or nutritionist if honey is fine for your child. You may also ask about stevia, a plant-based sweetener or sugar substitute. I’m sorry that I cannot be of more help. Good luck!

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