When it comes to classic dinner dishes, like hamburgers, hot dogs, pasta, and breads, we’re huge fans of just about any iteration of these entrees you can think of. The same goes for sandwiches! There’s one thing that all of these things have in common, though, that we might actually love even more than whatever we’re actually putting it on… we’re completely obsessed with condiments! Of course, there are plenty of different condiments that you can buy at the store and there are even sections where you can get international kinds if you feel like trying something different, but you can probably already guess that we like things best when we can make them ourselves. That’s why we’ve long been keeping lists of DIY condiment recipes that we can refer to whenever we feel like jazzing up our favourite classic meals.
Just in case you’re as intrigued by the idea of making your own condiments as we were, if not more, here’s a list of 15 of our very favourite kinds, as approved by our families!
1. Bottled herbed vinegar
Whether you use it for dipping bread in mixed with oil or for lightly seasoning your fries with, vinegar is a delicious and fantastic thing. We’re huge fans of white vinegar, malt vinegar, and even seasoned vinegar, but did you know that you can season your very own vinegar using herbs? Well, just in case you didn’t, here’s an awesome tutorial from The Bald Gourmet for making all kinds of mouth watering bottled vinegars! Of course, you have to leave them bottled for a while to really make sure they absorb the flavour, but we promise you they’re worth it in the end.
2. Homemade garlic-herb butter
When we started talking about condiments, we understand that butter might not have actually been one of the things that came to mind. We’re pretty sure, however, that you’ll be pleased to learn about DIY seasoned butter recipes like this one from Live Simply anyways! As if a delicious slathering of butter doesn’t already taste delicious enough on a warm piece of homemade bread or a pile of creamy mashed potatoes, this tutorial guides you through the process of adding garlic and rosemary to the mix so you get amped up flavour with every smear.
3. Sage and lemon balm vinegar
Perhaps you were quite intrigued by the idea of making custom seasoned vinegars but you weren’t sure any of the flavours you saw there were quite for you? Maybe you were worried that that particular process would take a little too long for your high paced life. Either way, we’d suggest checking out this tutorial from Kara Lydon as an alternative! Their tutorial shows you step by step how to make a delicious vinegar using sage and lemon balm.
4. Sun-dried tomato and herb butter
Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about homemade butter recipes with a kick of extra flavour but you tend to avoid garlic because you don’t like feeling as though you can taste it for days after you’re finished whatever you ate? Then perhaps you’d prefer this recipe from Inspired by Charm instead! They show you how to mix in various delicious and fragrant herbs, as well as mouth watering sun dried tomato. Eating a plain slice of bread with butter has never tasted so good!
5. Whipped basil and thyme butter
If you’re going to start making your own flavoured butter batches, would you rather make something a little closer to what you’ve tried in fancy restaurants, when they bring you a delicious basket of fresh, steaming bread before your main course? In that case, we think perhaps you’d enjoy this whipped recipe from Cooking Maniac a little more! They show you how to get the perfect texture while also adding delicious flavour with basil and thyme!
6. Garlic herbal vinegar
Perhaps we really made you salivate when we started talking about garlic herb flavoured things but you’re not actually a butter person and you know you won’t eat it, even if you go to the trouble of making it? Then why not take those flavours to a different kind of condiment instead? We’ve tried this amazing garlic and herb infused vinegar by My Healthy Homemade Life several times and we’d swear by it. It’s simple and scrumptious!
7. Homemade red chili hot sauce
If you’re going to go to the trouble of making a new sauce from scratch, would you prefer to include the maximum amount of flavour as possible, especially in the spice department? In that case, we have a feeling this homemade red chilli sauce is going to be right up your alley. Mommypotamus actually shows you how to make it happen in a range of spice levels so that everyone in the family can enjoy it, even if they don’t like having their tongue tingle with each bite.
8. Artisan flavoured mayonnaise
Are you the kind of sandwich lover who will eat literally any kind of sandwich, from the simplest PBJ right up to something layered, stacked, and more gourmet? Well, we know all too well that plain mayonnaise is a staple in most households, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for just that if you’d rather try something a little fancier. Instead, check out how Inspired by Family made these artisan mayos in chipotle, herb, and sun dried tomato flavours. You’d be surprised how much these enhance the flavour of just about any savoury sandwich.
9. Honey lime mayonnaise
Are you still thinking about mayonnaise in all kinds of delicious custom flavours but you just haven’t seen the one that will quite do it for you enough to get you making it from scratch? Well, then here’s another one for your consideration and this time it’s a little sweeter than what we’ve shown you so far. She Wears Many Hats suggests adding lime gratings and honey to the mayo in your fridge and mixing it all together for a flavour that’s completely unique and quite fresh tasting.
10. Homemade Sriracha
If you’re one of the spice lovers we were talking about before, then you already know how completely delicious sriracha sauce is. Imagine, though, how amazing it would be if you could control how spicy or mild the sriracha is rather than just settling for whatever’s available in the store? Well, that’s exactly what you can do if you try your hand at making this homemade sriracha sauce featured with a full tutorial on Nourishing Meals!
Has all this talk of custom mayo flavours and hot sauce got you wondering whether you can combine the two together for the ultimate sandwich because you just love the two of them so much? In that case, we have a feeling you’re going to love this spicy herb homemade mayo featured on Food and Wine! It’ll give you a fresh, herbal taste that’s perfect for most sandwich flavours or dipping fries in but also has a little spicy kick.
12. Homemade dijon mustard
If we’re being honest, the first thing that comes to our mind when we see the word “condiments” is always mustard! Perhaps that’s because it’s actually our favourite part of any sandwich, hot dog, or burger. Heck, we’ve even had mustard on pizza before and thoroughly enjoyed it! That’s why we were so incredibly excited to find this recipe for homemade dijon mustard, particularly since that’s our very favourite kind! Find out to make a whole delicious batch of your own on Flour on My Face.
13. Homemade fig mustard
If you’re going to make mustard from scratch, would you prefer to make a kind that’s a little more unique, like something you’d find in a specialty boutique or gourmet restaurant? In that case, perhaps you’ll find this fig recipe a little more appealing instead! We completely adore the way the finished product tastes when we follow the tutorial on Happy Kitchen Rocks and, surprisingly, so do our kids, who don’t always have the most adventurous palates.
14. Horseradish mustard recipe
Did you find the idea of homemade mustard pretty enticing, but neither of the ideas we’ve shown you so far have quite held your attention because you actually prefer that your mustard have at least a little more bite? Then we’ve got just the recipe for you! Check out how Mountain Feed made a fantastic homemade horseradish mustard that’s full of flavour without being overwhelming compared to everything else you have on your sandwich or burger.
15. No-cook homemade hot sauce
When we mentioned homemade hot sauce were you completely taken with the idea but you were hoping to find a recipe that takes a little less time to make? Perhaps you were actually just looking for a recipe that’s really hot. Well, when we say hot to describe this sauce from Life is a Party, we mean it! Their tutorial shows you how to make a sauce that you can add to just about anything and it’ll only taste even better than it did before.
Do you know someone who loves making their own foods from scratch right down to the simplest ingredients, toppings, and dressings and is always looking for new recipes? Share this post with them so they have all kinds of new homemade condiments to try!