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Nightshade-Free Ketchup

Rhubarb and ginger add a pleasing note to the sweetness of the beetroots and onions, while juniper berries and star anise balance it out perfectly for a condiment suitable for any application. This makes a large enough batch that you can preserve and gift many jars of it to friends or store for later. If you prefer a smaller batch, it is easy enough to halve it.

Nightshade-Free Ketchup with Rhubarb and Beetroots

Rhubarb, golden beets and ruby beets create a delightful condiment, perfect for replacing tomato based ketchup in any application.
Large Batch.
Cook Time2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time4 hrs
Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beetroot, condiment, golden, juniper, ketchup, red, rhubarb, ruby, sauce


  • stock pot
  • half pint glass canning jars with lids
  • hot water canner (optional)


  • 500 g rhubarb roughly chopped
  • 450 g golden beetroots roughly chopped
  • 450 g ruby beetroots roughly chopped
  • 900 g onion roughly chopped
  • 45 g ginger root peeled and chopped
  • 90 g honey
  • 50 ml red wine vinegar
  • 2 star anise crushed or whole
  • 6 juniper berries crushed or whole
  • 3 whole clove buds
  • olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste


  • Add oil to coat bottom of stock pot and turn heat to high.
  • Saute beetroots until they get gently browned and slightly softened.
  • Add chopped onions and ginger with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Add rhubarb to pan and saute until softened.
  • In a spice grinder or mortar and pestle, add star anise, juniper berries, and cloves. (If you do not have a grinder, you can gently crush in a bag and then add.)
  • Add spices to vegetable medley and simmer on low until soft. Add some water if necessary.
  • Using an immersion blender, blend all ingredients until smooth. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Adjust seasonings to your preference. Depending on the tartness of your rhubarb and beets, you may adjust the honey or vinegar.
  • Portion hot ketchup into sterilized, dry jars, leaving .5" headspace. Wipe rims of jars clean.
    Screw on lids (not too tightly!)
  • If you wish to preserve them, place them in a water bath canner and boil for 15 minutes. Then remove them and place on a kitchen towel until cool.
  • If you do not wish to preserve them, store in the refrigerator for 2 months.


This is for a large batch, but may easily be halved if you do not want to store some for later.