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. ...