There are many ways to play this thing called summer. You can ride it out passively for all its worth, tagging along to picnics and barbecues. Or you can dive in deliberately, with big plans to tackle a few cooking projects you haven't had a chance to get to all year. For me, that involves condiments. Lots of condiments. Now that you know full well how to grill a juicy burger
, make your own hamburger buns
and jars of lemonade
, it's time to think about your condiments. Sure, it's simple to grab these things at the market next time you're there. But so often, they're filled with corn syrup or fillers -- condiments truly tend to be one of those things in which you don't realize how good they can taste until you make a batch of your own.
Now obviously, most of us don't have time to whip up a batch of many different condiments, but experimenting with one or two will likely bring you a lot of joy this summer grilling season.
Do you make any of your own condiments at home?
Condiment Recipes & Ideas from The Kitchn:
• Recipe: Homemade Agave Nectar Ketchup
• How To Make Mayonnaise: The Video
• How To Make Mustard At Home
• 6 DIY Mustard Recipes
• Recipe Recommendation: DIY Hot Sauce from Mark Bittman
• Recipe: Cherry Chutney
• Homemade Sweet Pickle Relish - Neo Homesteading
• Dill Pickle Relish - Food Renegade
• Homemade Mustard - Simple, Good and Tasty
• Homemade Sauerkraut - Nourished Kitchen
• Milk Mayonnaise - Food 52
• Argentine Herb Sauce - Good Housekeeping
• Caramelized Onions - Simply Recipes
• Super Herb Butter - Joy the Baker
Related: What The New York Times Says You Should Make, Not Buy