How to Make Your Own Condiments

What You'll Need
6 oz. tomato paste (for ketchup)
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (for ketchup)
1/2 teaspoon of salt (for ketchup)
1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano (for ketchup)
1/2 teaspoon of cumin (for ketchup)
1/8 teaspoon of pepper (for ketchup)
1 teaspoon of mustard powder (for ketchup)
1/2 cup of stone ground mustard (for honey mustard)
1/4 cup of honey (for honey mustard)
1/4 cup of rice vinegar (for honey mustard)
3/4 cup of olive oil (for Italian dressing)
1/2 cup of red wine vinegar (for Italian dressing)
1 teaspoon of grated Parmesan or Romano cheese (for Italian dressing)
1 clove of minced garlic (for Italian dressing)
1/2 teaspoon of salt (for Italian dressing)
1/2 teaspoon of sugar (for Italian dressing)
1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano (for Italian dressing)
1 pinch of pepper (for Italian dressing)
1 large pasteurized egg yolk (for mayonnaise)
salt (for mayonnaise)
1/4 teaspoon mustard (for mayonnaise)
1 ½ teaspoons fresh lemon juice (for mayonnaise)
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar (for mayonnaise)
3/4 cup cooking oil like avocado, canola, or olive oil (for mayonnaise)
1/2 cup of mayonnaise (for Ranch dressing)
1/2 cup of well-shaken buttermilk (for Ranch dressing)
1 clove of garlic (for Ranch dressing)
1 tablespoon of finely chopped onion (for Ranch dressing)
1/8th teaspoon of fine sea salt (for Ranch dressing)
1/2 teaspoon of dry mustard (for Ranch dressing)
2 tablespoon of chopped chives (for Ranch dressing)
1 tablespoon of fresh parsley (for Ranch dressing)
1 tablespoon of freshly chopped dill (for Ranch dressing)
1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper (for Ranch dressing)

Have you ever actually read the ingredient list on the back of your ketchup bottle—or any other condiment, for that matter?

It can be a bit alarming.

These store-bought sauces are typically packed with sugars, modified fats, and preservatives to extend shelf life as much as scientifically possible. As a result, adding commercial condiments to a healthy meal can make it less good for you.

You’d be surprised how easy it is to make your own fresh condiments at home, and it’s usually healthier! Making your own taste boosters is also cheaper, and it's better for the planet because it cuts down on plastic packaging. As usual, the greener choice will also save you more green.

Here are some simple ways to make common condiments. Cut the junk out of your diet one homemade condiment at a time!

How to Make Homemade Ketchup

It's one of the most popular sauces in the world, but you may be surprised to learn that most commercial ketchup brands contain high levels of sugar and high fructose corn syrup, making them less than desirable for anyone who’s looking to eat healthy. Thankfully, ketchup is easy to make on your own.

Simply combine,

6 oz. tomato paste

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (If you like your ketchup less tangy, use half the vinegar and substitute a quarter cup of water)

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon of cumin

1/8 teaspoon of pepper

1 teaspoon of mustard powder

Mix until well combined.

Makes about 16 servings of ketchup. Store in the fridge up to 2 weeks.

How to Make Homemade Honey Mustard

Another popular condiment that’s easy to make at home is honey mustard. Mix together,

1/2 cup of stone ground mustard

1/4 cup of honey

1/4 cup of rice vinegar

Whisk the ingredients together until they’re well combined with an even consistency.

This makes 1 cup of honey mustard that can be stored in the fridge for 3 to 5 days.

To go the extra mile, you can make your own mustard by grinding whole mustard seeds and adding a liquid of your choice—from water to vinegar, or even your favorite beer (the colder the liquid, the spicier the sauce will be). Then add salt to your preference.

How to Make Homemade Italian Dressing

Italian salad dressing is versatile and incredibly easy to whip up in your own kitchen!

3/4 cup of olive oil

1/2 cup of red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon of grated Parmesan or Romano cheese

1 clove of minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of sugar

1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano

1 pinch of pepper (to taste)

Put all of the ingredients in a jar and secure with a lid. Shake well until well combined, and store the dressing in the fridge.

How to Make Homemade Mayonnaise

To make a successful mayonnaise, you will need to create an emulsification of your ingredients. Adding oil too rapidly, or insufficiently beating your ingredients may cause the oil to separate from the other ingredients causing curdled or broken mayonnaise.

If your mayonnaise breaks or curdles, you can reform it by adding a portion of 1 well-beaten eggs yolk, a very small amount at a time, to the curdled mayonnaise followed by beating thoroughly after each small addition.

In a bowl, mix together 1 large pasteurized egg yolk with salt to taste and 1/4 teaspoon of mustard.

Add the following ingredients, make sure you blend well,

1 ½ teaspoons fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar

While continuously beating your ingredients, slowly add 3/4 cup of your favorite cooking oil (avocado oil makes for a robust, earthy flavor) until it has all been added and emulsified

Store in the refrigerator in a container with a lid and use within 3 to 5 days.

Warning: Make sure food is stored at an internal temperature below 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Always use a pasteurized egg for food safety.

How to Make Homemade Ranch

Ranch is one of the most beloved dressings out there, and it’s an easy one to make yourself.

Mix together,

1/2 cup of mayonnaise and 1/2 cup of well-shaken buttermilk

Separately, mash 1 clove of garlic with 1 tablespoon of finely chopped onion and 1/8th teaspoon of fine sea salt until a paste forms

Add the paste plus 1/2 teaspoon of dry mustard to the mayo and buttermilk mixture

Stir all ingredients until well combined.

Finally, add

2 tablespoon of chopped chives

1 tablespoon of fresh parsley

1 tablespoon of freshly chopped dill

1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

Mix all ingredients thoroughly.

This dressing can be stored in the fridge for as much as a week prior to serving.

Making your own condiments is a great way to add more fresh foods to your diet and minimize the amount of processed sugar and preservatives you’re taking in, making it a great way to be healthier!