Cool Homemade Sauces and Condiments
When life hands you lemons, make lemon curd! This 13-minute recipe calls for fresh lemon juice and peel, and it's a pro at dressing up desserts.
Your party baguette is begging for a new look. Let guests smear each slice with their choice of six delectable butters:
Bonus: Think beyond bread! Berry butters go great on breakfast goodies like waffles and pancakes, while savory herb butters are delicious brushed on warm veggies and grilled meats.
Golden Salsa Jam
Blended with more than eight different fruits and veggies, there's a lot to love about this canned salsa jam. You can thank a bottle of orange-carrot Naked juice for its electric gold hue. Try it crostini-style.
Jam It Out: 6 Can't-Forget Steps
Any jam recipe -- grape, mango, even jalapeno -- will take you through these six easy steps. Learn them here!
Do as the Koreans do: put kimchi on almost everything. We recommend trying the signature cabbage condiment on fried rice, noodle dishes, omelets, and grilled hot dogs.
The bottled stuff is so passe -- a true top chef cans her own ketchup. This sweet-smoky version gets its gastro-pub flavor from hickory-grilled tomatoes.
Surprise! Our poppy-pink sauerkraut calls for only three ingredients: red cabbage, pickling salt, and sugar. Grill-out guests will go crazy for this low-maintanence condiment.
Fancy-smancy doesn't have to mean difficult. Give olives, capers, and umami spices a quick spin in the blender for your best hors d'oeuvre yet. Try the tapenade on crackers or crusty bread.
Sriracha-Style Asian Chile Sauce
Homemade Sriracha sauce lets you control the degree of heat. Fresno, Anaheim, and jalapeno peppers keep it fairly tame, while Thai and serrano chiles turn things up a (fierce) notch.
Black Bean Corn Salsa
Homemade salsa doesn't get any better than this. Ours comes together quickly with a chilled blend of cilantro-topped onions, beans, and corn. It's best when served with golden tortilla chips and an icy pitcher of margs.
Best-Ever Dill Pickles
Enjoy market-fresh cucumbers the old-fashioned way -- pickled, of course. Here are two tips Grandma wouldn't want you to forget:
1) Use non-waxed cucumbers.
2) Let the canned cucumbers sit for at least a week before serving.
Roasted Red Pepper Mayonnaise
Step up your burger game with a smear of revamped mayo. Just toss garlic, Sriracha, bottled peppers, and mayo in a blender and venture away. Think pasta salads, veggie dippers, and beyond!
Spicy Ginger Red Hot Pears
Ever pair pears with red-hot candies? Didn't think so. Unleash your adventurous side by boiling sweet slices of pear with chopped ginger, cinnamon sticks, and chewy red hots. Somewhere, a slice of shortcake is just begging for a spoonful.
Crackers never tasted so good. Spoon homemade jalapeno jelly onto an assortment of your favorites for an unexpected but totally delicious snack.
When it comes to amazing fruit preserves, this one takes the cake. It's infused with peppy lemon and zesty orange peel, and tastes fabulous on all things sweet.
Shh! Secrets to Freezing Peaches
Save blushing, in-season peaches for another day with our easy-peasy freezing tips!
Homemade Coarse Ground Mustard
Let's be honest -- squeezable mustard from the store is boring. Liven up your BBQ spread with DIY mustard. Make it hot (Creole) or sweet (cranberry).
Editor's Tip: Be sure to let it sit at least 24 hours before opening for optimum flavor-fusing. If you can resist, the longer you wait, the better.
Tomato-Ancho Taco Sauce
Every hoppin' fiesta needs taco sauce. Here, we combine plump roma tomatoes with hot peppers and a cool squeeze of lime. Set out a few jarfuls to keep your party tacos extra tasty.
Garlic-Rosemary Olive Oil
You don't have to wait until the farmer's market for infused olive oil. Make your own at home using just four ingredients: garlic, rosemary, cracked black pepper, and (of course) olive oil.
Spicy Barbecue Sauce
Give ribs the ultimate rub-down with homemade BBQ sauce. Crisp celery, colorful sweet peppers, and jalapenos give this version a hot garden spin.
Raspberry-Rhubarb Waffle Topper
Waking up is easy when fruit-topped waffles are involved. This 30-minute compote is a serious snap -- just simmer raspberry, rhubarb, lemon, and sugar over the stove until it's deliciously thick and bubbly.
Pickled Banana Peppers
For a top-notch sandwich, can your own banana peppers. We soak ours with both yellow and brown mustard seeds for a tangy kick. Go with fresh sweet or hot chiles -- either way, these babies are bound to please.
Roasted Tomato-Garlic Pizza Sauce
Mama mia, this stuff is good! Whip up your own pizza sauce using Italy's signature ingredients: roma tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and red wine. You'll never go back to the canned kind.
Mexican Pickled Pintos, Corn, and Poblanos
Looking to impress? Skip store-bought salsa. Win over friends and fam with a new taco topper featuring pickled pinto beans, fresh corn, and poblano chile peppers. It adds a distinct tang to nachos and tostadas, too!
Blueberry Mojito Jam
Model your morning jam after a hip bar drink: the mojito. Fresh mint sprigs and lively lime juice take the AM condiment from standard to stunning.
Puttanesca Pasta Sauce
As if puttanesca didn't sound fancy enough. Here, we try our hand at the authentic Italian pasta sauce, made popular by its undeniable medley of tomatoes, olives, and capers.
White wine and your choice of herb -- basil, tarragon, oregano, or thyme -- are all you need to create this easy pantry staple.
Bonus: Whip up a speedy salad dressing by whisking together 1 part Herbed Vinegar to 3 parts olive oil. Shake in salt and pepper to your liking, then swirl in honey for subtle sweetness.
Pizza or pasta? This DIY pesto sauce lets you take your pick. Start with fresh basil leaves, then finish by blending in nuts, garlic, and Parm.
Triple-Pepper Hot Sauce
Feeling hot, hot, hot? Settle your spicy cravings with a high-profile pepper sauce. This one's loaded with habeneros, Thai chiles, and Fresno peppers. Yowza!