Making your own ketchup has always been the third rail of home cooking. It is one of those things that seemed out of reach, made by a big complicated piece of industrial machinery. Even I've found myself guilty of admonishing fellow cooks for even bothering to try.
"Don't bother, it won't turn out right."
"People just expect Heinz and it will be different."
"It's not worth the time, just buy it."
Oh, but we try anyhow. Surely enough, it is a disaster in every way a recipe can be. ...
"Your Keto Carolina BBQ sauce is a great salad dressing!"
That's not really what pitmasters want to hear from their wives when they unveil a new BBQ sauce recipe they have spent countless hours perfecting, is it?
One of the really interesting (and humbling) aspects of any sort of creative work is the realization that once you put something out there for the world to consume and hopefully appreciate, it's not really yours anymore.
Now, I don't mean that it's "not mine" in the sense that ...