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Hi, my name is Kevin Williams and I am owner of Oasis Newsfeatures and editor of The Amish Cook newspaper column.

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  1. Barb Wright

    I have made catsup for years..but never the fermented kind. My Grandma did,however. It was very good. The final cooking kills any bad bacteria,so it won’t make you sick. Alot of old recipes use the fermentation process. I have a Victorio..they are irreplaceable when canning! Actually,on the box it says “Waynio” on one side. Some 20 years ago when it was new,my kids called it that to tease their dad..Wayne. I covered the real name and it is still covered. Now the grandkids tease grandpa!!

  2. kentuckylady717

    Lovina sure is a better woman than I am…..this looks like it is hard work….there is no way I would make ketchup…..you can buy ketchup in the store for a dollar…..I’m sure they would say it isn’t as good as what she makes…..they probably have been raised on homemade ketchup and I assume it is better….but way too much work for me 🙂 Good for you Lovina……just don’t work too hard…..

  3. Wendy

    I’ve never heard of fermented catsup before. It sounds intriguing, and I’ve heard lots about the health benefits of fermented foods. It makes me wish I had a garden full of tomatoes to try it with! The mango was also a surprise. Any idea how much this would make?

  4. JoEllyn Yoder

    Just in case some may not know, by mango I believe she means green pepper. My grandmother used to call green peppers mangoes. I never realized it until I was living on my own and wanted to make her sweet and sour coleslaw recipe. The card said 2 mangoes, I was thoroughly confused until I called my mom and she explained.

    1. Kevin

      Thanks for the clarifying that for others. I was going to make that clarification, but forgot to. Yes, calling peppers “mangoes” seems to be a midwestern USA thing….although putting a real fruity mango into homemade catsup might give it a tropical splash!:) – Kevin

  5. Diana H

    As a youngster growing up here in Southwestern Ohio, most adults called
    green bell peppers mangoes. As our food world broadened, we learned
    that a mango is a tropical fruit and also quite delicious. So, whichever kind
    of mango is used in the recipe, I am sure it would be delicious. (I can’t
    quite imagine taking a whole week to make a batch of ketchup, no matter
    how delicious it might be)

  6. Debbie from Ky

    I’ve always wanted to make catsup, but by the time I make all my tomtao juice, canned tomatoes and spaghetti sauce for year (not to mention all that we EAT) there never seems to be enough to spare. And we usually grow 30 tomato plants, not enough room for more as I like my other veggies as well. This is an intresting recipe tho…not sure I like the idea of smelly tomatoes tho. 😉 Anxious to hear if anyone tries this.


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