Fructose free “Heinz” ketchup!

I admit to the hideous crime of having covered vast amounts of my food in the past in ketchup…. (which contains 30% sugar!). I blame it on my sugar addiction though. And possibly a little bit on not having time to cook proper food – after-all, ketchup can make most bad foods taste better haha…

So, anyways, since I quit fructose, I have been trying to make replacement recipes. My preferred brand has always been Heinz and my other half’s has always been Watties. None of the first recipes were particularly successful, but then I stumbled across one on http://www.topsecretrecipes and thought I would have a bash at replacing the sugar in the recipe which turned out perfect!!! I actually ended up with a product that we both liked by using a Wattie’s tomato paste for the “Heinz” recipe – success!!! This recipe does have a tiny amount of fructose, see comment at the bottom.




One 6-ounce (170 ml) can tomato paste or puree – although, I have made a version with a 10 ounce (285 ml) can too. Less sugar and still tastes awesome! (I use Wattie’s Tomato Puree)
1/2 cup (8 tbsp) dextrose (glucose) powder
1/2 cup (120 ml) white vinegar
1/4 cup water (60 ml)
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

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Combine all ingredients in a medium pot on medium heat and stir well. When it starts to boil, immeadiately reduce the heat and simmer for 25 minutes, stirring often. Remove the pot from the heat and cool down. Transfer to your desired container and store in the fridge.

By the way,Β  this recipe does have a bit of fructose in it (tomatoes naturally have fructose but only around 1%. Puree is concentrated however, even still, each 30 ml portion of this recipe has less than 1 gram. Keeping me well under my 15 gram per day goal.


  1. it’s the little things like this that help, thanks : )


  2. Beachgranny says:

    This is a fab tasting tomato sauce…a keeper for me! Thanks so much.


  3. Hi, how long would this keep for in the fridge? Thanks πŸ™‚


    • Hi Kellie – good question. Due to the vinegar in the ketchup being a natural preservative this recipe keeps really well. I haven’t actually had the chance to see exactly how long it would last as ours is used up before it even gets there, but in our household, in a airtight container, it would have no problem sitting in the fridge for a month. I hope that’s helpful πŸ™‚


    • Beachgranny says:

      I have made several bottles at a time wiith last 2 bottles in fridge for 6+ months and it remains perfect! I store it in the fridge after it has cooled. It is so good and will remain a keeper.


  4. Fantastic! We’ve just gone sugar free and ketchup has been the hardest for my kids to give up! I can’t wait to try this out, glad to see it will last in the fridge too.



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