How to Make Your Own Organic Condiments Quickly & Easily
When I look at the ingredients lists for most condiments, even the organic condiments, I’m always just a little bit disappointed to find ingredients that I wouldn’t typically eat. For instance, jarred organic mayonnaise will always contain soybean oil or canola oil. Even though I know they’re non-gmo, since they’re organic, I still would rather use a different type of oil. The solution? Make my own! The same goes for ketchup, mustard, barbecue sauce, even ranch dressing. So let’s take a look at just how easy it is to make them!
DIY Organic Condiments
Organic Mayonnaise Recipe
The key to making homemade mayonnaise is to start with your ingredients at room temperature, so a few hours before you’re going to be making it, let your ingredients sit out on your counter. This is one the organic condiments that once you taste it fresh, you may never be able to eat it jarred again.
Place all ingredients aside from 1 cup of olive oil in a blender or food processor. Blend until well mixed – about 20 to 30 seconds. Slowly drizzle the remaining olive oil into the mixture while it is mixing. This needs to be done very slowly so make sure that you’re pouring only the thinnest stream of olive oil into the mixture. Once it is all combined it should look like the creamiest version of a mayo you’ve ever seen. Place the mixture in a jar and refrigerate. It should last for about a week longer than the expiration date on your egg.
Note: The olive oil you use will add flavor to your mayo. If you’re using a strong tasting olive oil like Bariani, you’re going to have a strong tasting mayo, so choose an olive oil that has a light flavor if you don’t want it to overpower your mayo. You can also use sunflower or safflower oil instead of olive oil.
Organic Ketchup Recipe
The kid-friendliest of the organic condiments, ketchup is a favorite of just about every kid I know. Considering how much sugar is in commercially prepared ketchup, why not try making your own?
7 oz tomato paste
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3 Tablespoons sweetener of choice (try coconut sugar, coconut nectar, date sugar, or honey)
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1 Tablespoon blackstrap molasses
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2/3 cup filtered water
Place all ingredients into a bowl and whisk together completely.
Organic Mustard Recipe
Mustard is one of those organic condiments that can be made in a myriad of ways for everyone’s taste – from dijon to spicy brown to grainy mustards or super smooth spicy mustards, everyone has their favorite. My favorite is the really grainy type so here’s a recipe to make your own at home.
Place mustard seeds, wine vinegar, and wine in a small bowl and let stand for 3 hours. Empty the bowl into a blender or food processor fitted with steel blade. Pulse until the seeds are broken. Add the remaining ingredients and process for 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the container process for another 30 seconds. Place in a well-sealed container and refrigerate. Allow to sit overnight before using. Mustard mellow with age so if it is too strong at first, let it sit for a couple of weeks.
Organic Ranch Dressing Recipe
Its not that far of a stretch to group this salad dressing in with the rest of the organic condiments. While technically a salad dressing and not a condiment, since so many kids will eat any veggie if its dipped in ranch, I’m treating it like one of the other organic condiments. We don’t do a lot of dairy in my household so this is a recipe for a raw vegan ranch dressing that can stand up to the best traditional ranch dressing recipes.
1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water for 2 hours and drained
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 pitted dates soaked in 1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup of the reserved date soak water
2 large cloves garlic
2 Tablespoons red onion
1 Tablespoon Herbamare
1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped finely
1 teaspoon fresh dill, chopped finely
1 Tablespoon scallions (use the green part only), chopped finely
Add all ingredients except the fresh herbs to a blender and process until smooth. Pour into a bowl and stir in the fresh herbs. If you’re using this as a dip, store it in an airtight container and let it chill for 2 hours before serving. If you’re using this as a dressing, add 1/2 to 1 cup of water and stir well before storing.
Are there other organic condiments you’d like to learn how to make? Let us know in the comments and we’ll post recipes in a future blog!