17 Unique Condiments You Can Make at Home

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Ketchup and mustard are both perfectly acceptable on their own.

The same goes for jams or jellies or various kinds of dressings.

But we’ve collected a number of unique recipes below, all of which give you a chance to take your condiment game to the next level.

See what we mean now…

  1. Candied Jalapeños Recipe
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    • If you’re a fan of spicy foods, boy do I have a treat for you! Jalapeños are a fan favorite in the realm of spicy foods. They can be enjoyed in so many different ways. Sure, jalapeños make an amazing addition to salsa but they can be so much more. Jalapeño poppers, classic appetizer and bar food. …
  2. Pickled Banana Peppers Recipe
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    • Subs. Heros. Poboys. Sandwiches. No matter the name, I love them all! I’ve always had a weakness for delicious sandwiches on fresh-baked bread with loads of toppings. Ever since I can remember, I would always ask for extra banana peppers whenever I ordered sandwiches at a deli. And at home, I always kept a full …
  3. Onion Jam Recipe
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    • This year seems to have been one of the harshest winters we’ve had in the U.S. in a long time. As I stare out at the winter tundra that is my backyard, it’s hard to even imagine green grass growing, let alone fruits and vegetables. As someone who lives in the cold, snowy north year …
  4. Taco Sauce Recipe
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    • When it comes to Mexican and Tex-Mex food, it’s difficult to beat a good taco sauce. Yup, taco sauce. It’s delicious, versatile, and crazy easy to make at home! We almost always keep a bottle in our fridge, and it makes frequent appearances on tacos and in taco dip. Heck, I’ve even started adding a …
  5. Catalina Dressing Recipe
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    • Let me tell you about my history with salad dressing before I tell you how to make this delicious sweet and spicy dressing – which has to be one of my favorites. As a child in an ethic family, there were no store bought salad dressings in my house. We had salad dressed with oil …
  6. Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix Recipe
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    • Americans have a love of ranch. I’m not talking about some kind of fleeting “Do you like me? Check yes or no” kind of love. No, no, this is more of the “I want to have your children and live happily ever after” kind of love. Did that just get weird? Let’s back up a …
  7. Pickled Red Onions Recipe
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    • I recently posted on Instagram that I had just made pickled red onions for the first time. I had no idea how easy this was, otherwise I would have been making them for a long time! Making pickled onions really only takes a couple of minutes – it probably took me longer to photograph them …
  8. Chow Chow Relish Recipe
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    • I love visiting farmers markets. There is nothing better than bringing home fresh produce for a summer dinner. The other thing I like to buy at the markets is jars of pickles and other pickled vegetables. Last week I spotted some jars of chow chow relish.  The name intrigued me as I had not heard …
  9. Old-Fashioned Gooseberry Jam Recipe
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    • The summer preserving season is in full swing here in Upstate NY, and a lot has been going on in my kitchen. Strawberries and cherries have come and gone, and on deck now are blueberries, apricots, raspberries, and currants, as well as a “new to me” fruit – gooseberries. While picking red raspberries at one …
  10. Cafe Rio Dressing Recipe
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    • Are you a fan of Café Rio? If you have one in your town or have ever been, then you know exactly what this recipe is. And I bet you’re excited about it. Café Rio has somewhat of a cult following, and there are copycat recipes all over the place for pretty much everything on their menu. …
  11. Slow Cooker Apple Butter Recipe
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    • While I absolutely love summer (it’s by far my favorite season), I do look forward to fall because fall is apple season. I looove everything about apple season. Picking my own, all the fabulous apple recipes, apple festivals, fairs, and more apples. Apples upon apples. I’m a happy girl. This slow cooker apple butter is a cinch …
  12. Paleo Mayo Recipe
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    • One of the harder things about paleo eating is condiments. The store-bought stuff is full of questionable ingredients – sugars, fake sugars, canola oil, and preservatives like whoa. Even if you can find paleo-friendly condiments in a store, you are going to end up paying 3 or 4 times what you would pay for the regular stuff.  …
  13. Zax Sauce Recipe
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    • You’re actually getting a bit of a “twofer” with this post… you know, a two-for-one. Why? In addition to a ridiculously simple and quick copycat recipe for Zax Sauce, I’m going to give you a killer recipe for the BEST baked sweet potato chips. Thus, you will get two recipes here in one post. Score. The baked …
  14. Grapefruit Curd Recipe
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    • I try to encourage eating seasonally at my house, and that means that in the wintertime we are confronted with lots of citrus. Growing up I pretty much only ate oranges, but here in Texas my citrus repertoire has expanded to include Meyer lemons and Ruby Red grapefruit. Now, the Meyer lemons are easy for …
  15. Cookie Dough Protein Butter Recipe
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    • Cookie dough. It’s the stuff little kids dream of eating all day long. But, Mom says no. Something about getting sick and dying? She’s so dramatic. BUTTTT, it’s the stuff that grown-ups CAN eat all day long, because we are free from helicopter, dark-cloud Mom who prevents us from doing things we want. WE MAKE …
  16. Blueberry Jelly Recipe
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    • This is the perfect size jar of jelly to keep in your refrigerator for muffins, toast and sandwiches. Get some fresh blueberries and have a jar for breakfast tomorrow! Let me first confess that I am afraid to can anything. It seems simple enough, and I have many friends that do it. I would love to have a …

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