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6 DIY condiment recipes that are healthier than store-bought

In The Know
·2-min read

No kitchen is complete without an array of condiments. They add a kick to sandwiches and burgers, and they’re also a french fry’s best friend. But many store-bought condiments are packed with potentially harmful ingredients, including added sugars, food dyes and high amounts of sodium.

Fortunately, there are plenty of spreads that are super easy to make at home. They’re healthier and less expensive than ones you can buy from the store. From peanut butter to ranch and even honey BBQ, here are six delicious DIY condiment recipes.

  1. Peanut butter

There’s so much you can do with peanut butter. You can put it on toast, apple slices and even dip a banana in it. You can also make peanut butter. Easily! Just roast a bunch of peanuts, then blend them in a food processor. Add honey and/or salt to taste. Done.

2. Ketchup

You have to try to make your own ketchup at least once. It’s easy, tasty, and you can always adjust the recipe based on how you like your ketchup. All it takes is tomatoes, an onion, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar and a bunch of spices. If you’re feeling especially inspired, you could make your own fries, too!

3. Mayonnaise

Mayo adds a certain je ne sais quoi to a sandwich. To make it, just blend olive or avocado oil, an egg, some mustard, lemon juice and salt together. Yup, it’s that easy.

4. Honey BBQ sauce

This is a recipe for a super flavorful BBQ sauce that’s on the sweeter side. Lots of DIY BBQ sauces use ketchup as the base, but by using tomato puree this recipe keeps things on the healthier side.

5. Ranch

From wing night to your afternoon salad, ranch is a must. This recipe promises you’ll never buy store-bought again. You just need a creamy base of mayo, sour cream and milk, some herbs and spices, and lemon juice or vinegar for that zip. And hey, you could even use your homemade mayonnaise in it!

6. Mustard

You won’t believe how easy it is to make mustard. This video offers up two recipes for the price of one. It seems the secret to making your own mustard is, well, mustard seeds and powder! Who knew?

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