Pass the Ketchup, Hold the Additives: Revamp Your Condiments with Fresh Ingredients

Revamp Your Condiments with Fresh Ingredients

Have you noticed how expensive store-bought condiments and salad dressings have become? Even the “good ones” often include high amounts of sodium and sugar—some even have gluten.

Ditch the Additives and Extra Calories in Your Condiments

If you want to avoid the chemicals and the other unnecessary ingredients in condiments like ketchup, BBQ sauce, mayo, mustard and soy sauce, you can easily avoid extra calories and additives by making your own from scratch. After all, enhancing the flavor of your food shouldn’t undo your hard work when you’re trying to eat healthy.

Try these healthier alternative recipes for ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, barbecue sauce, balsamic vinaigrette and soy sauce. With a few basic ingredient you can kick your meals up a notch without busting your budget.

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Ketchup

Ketchup

  • Author: Rebecca Artz

Ingredients

3 T. vegetable oil
2 c. finely chopped onion
1 T. Chopped, peeled ginger
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 t. ground allspice
1/4 t. Cayenne pepper
2 t. mustard powder
1/4 c. tomato paste
2 28-oz. cans whole, peeled tomatoes (preferably unsalted)
2 bay leaves
2/3 c. light brown sugar
1/2 c. apple cider vinegar (1/2 cup)
1 T. molasses
Salt

Instructions

In a large pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook for about 5 minutes until soft.

Add ginger, garlic, mustard powder, allspice and cayenne pepper. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes.

Add tomato paste and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the whole tomatoes and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.

Remove from heat and puree the ketchup in small batches until the mixture is smooth. Return the mixture to the pot. Add bay leaves, brown sugar, vinegar, molasses and salt. Simmer over medium heat and stir frequently until the mixture becomes thick. This will take about 2 hours.

Remove the bay leaves and allow the ketchup to cool.

Store in an airtight jar or container for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

Variations: For citrus ketchup, add ½ teaspoon finely grated orange zest, plus 1/3 cup fresh orange juice.

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Mayo in bowl

Mayonnaise

  • Author: Rebecca Artz

Ingredients

2 large egg yolks
1 t. Dijon mustard (substitute any mustard of your choosing)
4 t. fresh lemon juice
1 c. vegetable oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Add egg yolks to food processor and pulse to mix. Next, add the mustard and lemon juice and pulse two or three times to combine. Slowly add the vegetable oil in a steady stream while the processor is still running. This will allow the mixture to become thick.

Season to taste with salt and pepper, or add variations of your choice such as garlic or cayenne pepper.

If at any point the oil separates from the mixture, add another egg yolk and lukewarm water to another bowl and slowly add the previous mixture of mayo to it, whisking constantly. Then add up to a 1/4 c. of vegetable oil in a steady stream.

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Mustard

Mustard

  • Author: Rebecca Artz

It’s easy to adjust this recipe to your taste — the darker the mustard seed the hotter the mustard. Choose your favorite acidity as well, whether cider, beer, white wine or even water if you are avoiding alcohol.

Ingredients

3/4 c. black, brown or yellow mustard seeds* (For mild mustard use yellow seeds, brown and black seeds are much hotter)
1/4 c.  cider, beer, white wine or water

Instructions

Combine mustard seeds and liquid of your choice in a small bowl. Soak for 24 hours in the fridge. If the seeds soak up liquid too quickly, add more. After 24 hours, nlend in a food processor until desired texture is achieved.

Transfer to an airtight jar and remove any air bubbles from the mixture.

Refrigerate for up to two weeks.

Notes

Variations: Add sugar, honey or herbs and spices like thyme, rosemary, coriander and caraway seeds for a more creative mixture.

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Barbeque Sauce

Barbecue Sauce

  • Author: Rebecca Artz

Ingredients

2 T. vegetable oil
1 small white onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 t. ground mustard
1 6 oz.-can tomato paste
1 28-oz. can tomato sauce
1/4 c. unsulfured molasses
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
3 T. white vinegar
Salt and pepper (1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons)

Instructions

In a medium sauce pan, heat the vegetable oil over a medium heat. Add the onion and cook until soft (5 minutes). Add the garlic and cook for about one minute until fragrant. Next, add the tomato paste and mustard, stirring constantly until the mixture turns bright red, about 5 minutes.

Next, add 2 cups of water, tomato sauce, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, salt and pepper. Stir until the mixture is smooth.

Reduce the heat to low and cover the pan. Simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Lastly, season to taste with vinegar, salt and pepper. Cool completely.

Notes

Use unsalted organic tomato sauce to better control the salt in the recipe.

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Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • Author: Rebecca Artz

Ingredients

1/2 c. olive oil
1/4 c. Balsamic vinegar
1 t. honey
1 t. Dijon mustard
1 shallot, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in either a glass jar with a lid or a salad dressing mixer. Shake vigorously until combined.

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Soy Sauce

Soy Sauce

  • Author: Rebecca Artz

Ingredients

2 c. beef bone broth
1 t. red wine vinegar
1 t. balsamic vinegar
2 t. molasses
1/4 t. garlic powder
1/2 t. onion powder
1 t. fish sauce
Salt

Instructions

Mix all ingredients except the fish sauce in a small pan and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 8 to 10 minutes or until reduced by about half. Taste the mixture to check if you’ve achieved your desired taste, add more salt if necessary. Remove from heat and add fish sauce. Stir and let cool, store in refrigerator.

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Rebecca Artz

Rebecca Artz lives in Chicago, is currently a digital product manager for a publishing company based in Boston, and is a freelance contributor to Health Food Radar. She spends her free time cooking, reading, kickboxing and is endlessly entertained by her Siamese kitten, Luna.

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