Exploring our range of sauce bottles

Exploring our range of sauce bottles 

tomato sauce in glass jar

We all know that tomatoes are the main ingredient in ketchup, but how many of us know that this was not always the case? In today’s post, we take a quick look at the history of ketchup before offering a tasty recipe for homemade ketchup and showcasing a few items from our range of glass sauce bottles.

What is inside those sauce bottles?

Whilst we might think that tomato ketchup is a fairly modern creation, the origins of ketchup date back to the 1600s, when the Chinese made a sauce using pickled fish and spices. By the 1800s, this sauce had travelled to modern-day Malaysia, where western colonists tried it, liked it, and brought it back to England. English cooks originally added mushrooms to the recipe; however, it was gradually adapted and tomato ketchup became the norm.

Fill some sauce bottles with this tasty recipe 

tomato sauce with raw ingredients

Whilst most people love a good dollop of the world’s most famous tomato ketchup, not many have thought of making their own, even though it can taste so much nicer than the brand name version. Try this recipe to see whether you become a convert:


3.5kg very ripe tomatoes (these do not have to be top quality)
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
125g salt
1kg sugar
700ml red wine vinegar
1 tsp cloves
½ tsp cayenne pepper


– Put all the ingredients into a large pan and simmer on a low heat for about three hours, stirring regularly so that the mixture does not stick or burn.
– Once the mixture has cooled a little, use a food processor to blend it and then pass it through a sieve.
– Pour the mixture into warm, sterilised glass sauce bottles and screw on the lid.
– Store in a warm dark place. Once opened, keep the ketchup in the fridge and use within one month of opening.

Choosing your bottles

Our range of glass sauce bottles covers an assortment of shapes and sizes. Our favourite is the 250ml hexagonal bottle, which somehow just seems to have the look of a classic ketchup bottle. If this is a little too vintage for your taste, the 250ml round sauce bottle has an altogether more contemporary look and would work brilliantly for ketchup or any other homemade sauce, such as barbecue sauce, sweet chilli sauce or salad cream.

Finally, if you really want to work the vintage look, we stock squeezy ketchup dispensers in the shape of a tomato – just like they used to have in cafes and restaurants in the 60s and 70s!

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