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Tomato Catsup

3 Tbsp celery seeds
4 tsp whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks, broken into pieces
1-1/2 tsp whole allspice
3 cups cider vinegar
24 lb tomatoes, cored and quartered (about 72 medium)
3 cups chopped onions (about 4 medium)
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup Ball Simple Creations Preserving & Pickling Salt
7 (16 oz) pint glass preserving jars with lids and bands

1.) TIE celery seeds, cloves, cinnamon sticks and allspice in a square of
cheesecloth, creating a spice bag.
2.) COMBINE vinegar and spice bag in a stainless steel saucepan. Bring to a boil
over high heat. Remove from heat and let stand for 25 minutes. Discard spice bag.
3.) COMBINE tomatoes, onions and cayenne in a clean large stainless steel
saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring frequently. Reduce heat and
boil gently for 20 minutes. Add infused vinegar and boil gently until vegetables
are soft and mixture begins to thicken, about 30 minutes.
4.) TRANSFER mixture, working in batches, to a sieve placed over a glass or
stainless steel bowl and press with the back of a spoon to extract all the
liquid. This can also be done using a food mill. Discard solids.
5.) RETURN liquid to saucepan. Add sugar and salt. Bring to a boil over medium
heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and boil gently, stirring frequently,
until volume is reduced by half and mixture is almost the consistency of
commercial ketchup, about 45 minutes.
6.) PREPARE boiling water canner. Heat jars and lids in simmering water until
ready for use. Do not boil. Set bands aside.
7.) LADLE hot ketchup into hot jars leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air
bubbles. Wipe rim. Center lid on jar. Apply band until fit is fingertip tight.
8.) PROCESS jars in a boiling water canner for 15 minutes.
Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. Lid should
not flex up and down when center is pressed.

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