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American Catsup





1 gal. ripe tomatoes
2 md. onions, sliced
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 cups vinegar
1-1/2 tbsp. broken cinnamon stick
3 cloves garlic, minced
Spices, to taste
1 tbsp. paprika
1 cup sugar
2-1/2 tsp. salt


Wash tomatoes, remove cores and quarter. Cook until very soft and put through a fine sieve. Cover onions with water. Cook until very tender; drain and put through sieve. Mix with tomatoes. Add pepper and boil until reduced to 1/2 of original volume. Combine vinegar, cinnamon and garlic. Add spices tied in muslin or cheesecloth bag. Simmer vinegar mixture 30 minutes. Bring to full rolling boil, remove from heat, cover and set aside. Remove spice bag and add vinegar mixture to tomato mixture. Add paprika, sugar and salt. Boil rapidly until catsup is thick. Pour boiling hot into sterilized jars and seal at once.

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