6 Condiments You Can Make From Scratch

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Ketchup
Forget about buying this American staple-homemade is so much better and an inspired way to use up those extra tomatoes.
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Mustard
Named for the plant that produces the seeds from which the powder is derived, this versatile condiment is easily made and adjusted to suit a particular taste or use.
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Mayonnaise
Homemade mayonnaise tastes so good that it improves all the salads and sandwiches it gets into. Our version is boiled, eliminating any fear of salmonella contamination from raw eggs. You can experiment with lemon juice for the vinegar and different oil. You also might try cayenne for the white pepper.
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Cocktail Sauce
The zesty side for shrimp and other seafood. This is not only cheaper than bottled cocktail sauce, but you can mix ingredients to suit your taste.
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Tartar Sauce
Once you've tasted a homemade version of this classic fish accompaniment, you won't waste your money on prepared tartar sauces.
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Peanut Butter
This American staple can really eat up your budget. Surprisingly, peanut butter is not only cheaper to make at home, but healthier, too.
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63 thoughts on “6 Condiments You Can Make From Scratch

  1. All the links worked except the print one so I used my own print method.

  2. links worked fine in Firefox for me today. 

    note though. recipe for peanut butter is sorta not necessary.  put roasted peanuts in the blender, blend til powdered, keep blending and as the peanut flour warms up from the friction it will release it’s OWN Oil, no added oil required.  keep blending til it gets smooth as silk.  enjoy.  

    1. my mom taught me to keep it in the cupboard, her mom kept it in the
      cupboard.  I’m thinking that equals  87 years my family has kept peanut
      butter in the cupboard.  it’s dried nuts, ground up to a paste.  all the
      “liquid” should be oil.  no potential for spoilage, although the
      released oils could conceivably go rancid after a year or so.  just don’t add water.  

  3. Gee…lots of grumpy people out there. In the overall scheme of things, not being able to pull up a webpage isn’t way up there in importance.  Having a good friend diagnosed woth pancreatic cancer, on the other hand, is.

  4. This is a big debate in my house hold where does the Peanutbutter go?

    1. my mom taught me to keep it in the cupboard, her mom kept it in the cupboard.  I’m thinking that equals  87 years my family has kept peanut butter in the cupboard.  it’s dried nuts, ground up to a paste.  all the “liquid” should be oil.  no potential for spoilage, although the released oils could conceivably go rancid after a year or so.  just don’t add water. 

  5. I cannot vouch for the recopies but all links work just fine, for those that were unable to see the links, update or check your computer or programs, it all works just fine.
    From Mexico

  6. I was able to get the receipes.  Try it now.  I did have to allow pop-ups.

  7. I clicked on “Get the Recipe” (in blue type) and got the recipes just fine. What I want to find is the answer to the peanut butter question of whether to store in pantry or refrigerator.

  8. Every link opened up just fine for me… you guys must have firewall or some security program blocking it

  9. Paerdon the typos…should have been distributed… ad it was after Americana. I guess with my writring, i’M QUALIFIED to work for you?

  10. Time was…RD was a great magazine….started reading it when it was distriuted to high school students in the ’50s. Junk this format…get back to substantive information and enjoyable reading. It’s a shell of what a great piece of Americana. Is  this now a make-work governmetn project?

  11. Time was…RD was a great magazine….started reading it when it was distriuted to high school students in the ’50s. Junk this format…get back to substantive information and enjoyable reading. It’s a shell of what a great piece of Americana. Is  this now a make-work governmetn project?

  12. Well, I went straight to the recipe link and didn’t have any problems. Good job!

  13. Well, I went straight to the recipe link and didn’t have any problems. Good job!

  14. Well, I went straight to the recipe link and didn’t have any problems. Good job!

  15. Therewas no receipe for tartar sauce it was instead a route map trip to where ever it was titlwed travel. So i don’t have this receipe.  

  16. I wanted to see the recipe of Tartar Sauce, but it always skipped over to Travel.  I’d like the recipe if it could be sent to me.  Thank you!

    1. Make Your Own Tartar Sauce
      from The Cheating Chef’s Secret Cookbook

      Ingredients
      ½ cup Mayonnaise (link)
      ½ cup reduced-fat sour cream
      6 scallions, minced
      ¼ cup chopped Bread-and-Butter Pickles
      2 tablespoons lemon juice
      1 tablespoon capers, drained
      1 tablespoon minced parsley
      1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

      How to make it
      1

      In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients and stir until well blended.

      2

      Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight before using. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Makes 1 ¼ cups.

  17. I agree with the earlier poster. Ketchup especially is a big big waste of time and ingredients.  The ketchup in the grocery store is on sale all summer as is the mustard. Heintz condiments has it all over anything you can make at home. Tarter sauce is OK in an emergency but even it is cheaper and better at the store.

    1.  Store your peanut butter in a jar.  or did you want to know whether to refrigerate it?  My mom stored her peanut butter in the cupboard.  so do I.  that’s a combined 57 years of storing peanut butter in the cupboard with no health issues.  If you plan on keeping that opened jar of peanut butter longer than a year, (can’t eat one pound of peanut butter in 12 months) then make less.  the only issue you’d have though would be rancidity, not spoilage per se.

  18. I couldn’t get your recipe for tarter sauce, but here is Dave Cardwell’s recipe.
    1 cup Hellman’s Mayo
    Chopped green onion to your taste
    Chopped pimentos. 
    Dill pickle relish.   Very good. Of course he made it in larger quanities in his restaurant and I don’t think he measured  anything.

  19. I was able to view the recipes but maybe they fixed the problem after reading the other complaints. 

  20. worked fine for me

    Make Your Own Mayonnaise

    from The Cheating Chef’s Secret Cookbook
    Make Your Own Mayonnaise

    from The Cheating Chef’s Secret Cookbook
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    Ingredients

    4 egg yolks 2 tablespoons water 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar 1 ½ cups vegetable oil (or a combination of vegetable and olive oils) Pinch ground white pepper

    Instructions  1
    In
    the bowl of a food processor or blender, combine the egg yolks, water,
    and vinegar, and whirl just until the ingredients are combined. With the
    motor running, drizzle in the oil very slowly; if the oil is added too
    quickly, it will become a liquid dressing. 2Transfer
    the egg mixture to the top of a double boiler and cook until a
    thermometer placed in the sauce registers 160°F. Stir in the white
    pepper. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Makes 2 1/2 cups.

    Ingredients

    4 egg yolks
    2 tablespoons water
    1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
    1 ½ cups vegetable oil (or a combination of vegetable and olive oils)
    Pinch ground white pepper

    Instructions 

    1In
    the bowl of a food processor or blender, combine the egg yolks, water,
    and vinegar, and whirl just until the ingredients are combined. With the
    motor running, drizzle in the oil very slowly; if the oil is added too
    quickly, it will become a liquid dressing.
    2Transfer
    the egg mixture to the top of a double boiler and cook until a
    thermometer placed in the sauce registers 160°F. Stir in the white
    pepper. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Makes 2 1/2 cups.

  21. I, too, received a Tour around Lake Micchigan instead of the tartar sauce recipe.  

  22. I saw that others couldn’t get to any of the recipes.  I found that I was able to get to all of the others but the Tarter Sauce recipe link brought me to a “Tour of Lake Michigan.”  Please advise.  However, I will say that I would love to use your website often but find it very poorly prepared and very slow to react.  It would seem that an organization of  your magnitude would choose to be efficient in web access or chose to not be web accessible at all.  I suggest that you consider this because being frustrating, even if the information is wonderful, is not in your best interest.

  23. Where is the list of condiments and where and how to store them.

  24. Phenomenal links!  Wanted recipe for Tartar Sauce and got a tour of Lake Michigan when I tried the link for the recipe.  Sure tasted good, but I have seen all of Lake Michigan and the area that I need.  Maybe you ought to try a “shakedown cruise” before you put these up???!!!????!!!

  25. All the links worked, I loved getting the recipes. Food tastes so much better when you make it yourself. Anything that you take the time to do is always better if you have the right attitude. I am surprised at people who take the time to complain or just be plain rude. Why would you complain to a magazine for offering great recipes for people to try if they would like to. If they don’t interest you, move past them. Why go out of your way to be rude. I realize there is freedom of speech, but I don’t believe the intent of that right was declared so that we would be so free in our speech we become rude and hurtful.

  26. getting the recipe worked fine for me! hope it was just a fix they did. ENJOY

  27. Recipe links worked, but who wants to spend 2 hours cooking (not just mixing!), and use 12 ingredients for the equivalent of 3 bottles of ketchup?
    Come on guys! Get a life!

  28. This is yet another example of journalistic incompetence-don’t publish stuff that cannot be useful!

  29. would really liked to have the recipes but the links worked. if you are offering something to your readers it should be easyto get. i think your web page has some good things to offer…….yah right it sucks when the links do not work……….FIX IT

  30. would really liked to have the recipes but the links worked. if you are offering something to your readers it should be easyto get. i think your web page has some good things to offer…….yah right it sucks when the links do not work……….FIX IT

  31. I tried to get the recipies for all 6 ald only got PAGE NOT FOUND. I’m dissapointed to say the least.

  32. If the links aren’t going to work – and these recipe links are not working – then don’t post the article in the first place.  What a waste of my time . . . and everyone elses for that matter.

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