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Cold Tomato Catsup (VRP 001)

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Cold Tomato Catsup

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Cold Tomato Catsup Recipe

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Cold Tomato Catsup

Cold Tomato Catsup (VRP 001)


  • 1 peck ripe tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups celery
  • 1 cup horseradish
  • 1 cup mustard seed
  • 4 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons allspice
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 3 pints vinegar


  1. Peel 1 package of ripe tomatoes
  2. Drain overnight cut into small pieces
  3. Cook the tomatoes for approximately 30 minutes over medium heat to make them mushy enough to process with food mill or sieve
  4. Once drained, add the remaining ingredients
  5. A good way to cook down the tomatoes to thicken them is to place in a slow cooker overnight

Cold Tomato Catsup

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Gayle O.

Wednesday 18th of March 2020

I believe your cold tomato catsup should be 1 peck not 1 package tomatoes. 1 peck is 8 quarts tomatoes. (same as 1/4 of a bushel) I have a recipe that is similar to this.

DNP - Billie

Wednesday 18th of March 2020

You are correct, I thought we fixed that but it looks like we didn't. Thank you for the catch!!!

Robin Butts

Saturday 4th of June 2016

Is it possible that the "pk" that has been translated is actually an abbreviation for a PECK of tomatoes, which is a 1/4 of a bushel? According to Google, that's about 2 gallons.

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