For me, this is not just in-a-pinch -- I'd be delighted to eat this regularly! And of course it would be an excellent, probably undetectable, substitution in a recipe, too. I wouldn't necessarily make this as a standalone condiment for company, unless I knew they were interested in avoiding processed foods. But for me, I'd be thrilled to have a little puddle of this for my fries.
I made a couple of minor changes. I omitted the brown sugar and corn syrup, and instead used 3T honey. Perfect. I didn't have allspice, so I didn't use it. And finally, I only simmered maybe 10 minutes, because I was in a hurry. I'm still eating it off a spoon (!) and making plans to make this stuff on a regular basis. The texture is grainier and not as smooth as the grocery store stuff (though again, I didn't simmer long), but it's also the most flavorful ketchup I've eaten. Between the lack of corn syrup and chemicals and the very tangy flavor, the prepared stuff has nothing on this. I'm sure there are recipes out there for ketchups with more depth, but this is easy enough that I can see myself making it regularly. On the whole, a great recipe, and one that I expect to be a staple for us. Thank you!
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For me, this is not just in-a-pinch -- I'd be delighted to eat this regularly! And of course...