I bought a basket of tomatoes at the market on Saturday and hoped that they would ripen a bit more. I needed a simple recipe today so I decided to use them to make Tomato Catsup. The reicpe was contributed by Mrs. D Gross Jr. in the 1906 Berlin Cook Book. I’m hoping the tomatoes have ripened enough to make this recipe a success.
I washed and roughly chopped the tomatoes before putting them in a large soup pot. I didn’t add any water so I kept the heat low at the beginning. Once the juices were flowing I turned up the heat and then left it to boil. It took over an hour for the tomatoes to soften enough to sieve. I returned the liquid to the pot and added the other incredients (vinegar, brown sugar, and spices).
Mrs. D. Gross, Jr. is probably Louise Rommel. She married David Gross in 1891 and they had one son. David was a factory worker and eventually the assistant superintendent of a button factory. He was even a mayor of Berlin during the post WWI period. Like many families involved with the cook book, they were Lutheran.
Tomato ketchup has become the standard spelling here but catsup reigns in other places. Do you pronounce it kechup or cat sup? Mrs. Gross’ catsup isn’t gross it tastes very good although it takes a long time to cook. It is a simple recipe but be sure to allow several hours for boiling. At this point it is still too warm to really have a good taste so I’ll report back tomorrow when it has cooled.
Put on to boil 1 basket of ripe tomatoes, then press them through a sieve to remove the seeds and skns, return this liquid to the kettle, add 3 scant cups of vinegar, 1 1/2 cups brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 of ground cloves, 1 of black pepper, a pinch of red pepper, salt to taste, throw in a few pepper corns and whole cloves. Boil until thick. Bottle and seal.