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DIY Condiments You Can Make at Home

If you consider how much real estate in your refrigerator is being taken up by unused condiments, you’ll see why it might be a good idea to personalize your current collection with the specific flavors you crave. From creating the best hamburger condiments for your next cookout to some healthy condiments that’ll always come in handy, we’ve got the gourmet blends you need to take your favorite dishes to the next level.

Ready to make your own condiments? Grab those existing bottles of mayo, ketchup and mustard, plus a few other essential ingredients, and check out these easy-to-follow, unique condiment recipes. They’re perfect for dipping, drizzling, marinating and more!

Balsamic Parmesan Mayo Sauce

You’re on your way to a serious condiment upgrade with this mayo-based sauce, which blends creamy goodness with a tang of herbs and vinegar. Not only does it make every sandwich taste better, it also works well as a dip for fresh, roasted and grilled vegetables and as a fish or chicken marinade. This sauce enhances flavor and keeps proteins juicy and tender.

Total time: 5 minutes Serves: 16 Difficulty: Easy Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup Private Selection™ Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • ¼ cup basil, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Private Selection® Balsamic Vinegar of Modena or White Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic


  1. Stir together all ingredients.

Smoked Honey Mustard Sauce

That same yellow mustard you rely on for hot dogs is the perfect base for a sweet-and-spicy smoked honey mustard sauce. Dip it, spread it and slather it on anything from wraps to Buddha bowls to grilled salmon. You may even want to save a few jars of your “proprietary blend” as a perfect hostess gift.

Total time: 5 minutes Serves: 16 Difficulty: Easy Ingredients:

  • ⅔ cup Kroger Brand Yellow Mustard
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 1 Tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. hot pepper sauce


  1. Stir together all ingredients.

Sweet Ginger Soy Sauce

If you’ve always wanted to create that sticky sweetness of dishes like General Tso’s chicken or glazed chicken wings, try this sweet ginger soy sauce. With just four ingredients, you’ll be able to pull together a thick, sticky sauce that pairs well with warm grain bowls, roasted veggies and just about any protein you’ve got on hand. Feeling adventurous? Spoon it over vanilla ice cream for a sweet treat with an umami punch.

Total time: 45 min. Serves: 20 Difficulty: Easy Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup packed Kroger Brand Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. ginger, grated or finely minced
  • 1 clove garlic, grated or finely minced


  1. In small saucepan over medium heat, combine soy sauce and sugar. Bring to simmer; cook about 5 minutes or until thick and syrupy.
  2. Remove from heat. Stir in ginger and garlic. Cool at room temperature at least 30 minutes before using.

Double Jalapeño Ketchup Recipe

Whether pickled or dried, jalapeños add spice to just about any dish. Here, the two types team up perfectly to create a double jalapeño ketchup. Serve it up in a generous spoonful anywhere you’d use ordinary ketchup, including hamburgers, French fries, tater tots, hot dogs and eggs.

Total time: 5 minutes Serves: 16 Difficulty: Easy Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup pickled jalapeño slices, drained and finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • ½-1 tsp. Kroger Brand Chipotle Chile Pepper
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin


  1. Stir together all ingredients.

How to Keep Your Condiments Fresh

These DIY condiments can all be used immediately or refrigerated in a covered container for up to two weeks. Their unique flavor will continue to develop in the first several hours after blending.

For longer storage, freeze your homemade condiments for up to six months. Try freezing smaller portions in ice cube trays or small freezer bags so you’ll only have to defrost as much as you need. Thaw your condiments in the refrigerator to allow them to defrost gradually.

Ideas for Making Even More Condiments

Once you’ve mastered these simple blends, you can move on to even more condiment recipes. For example, consider making your own signature barbeque sauce by adding vinegar and spices to a bottled version. Getting creative with pre-made sauces makes it easy to scale up the yields and make big batches to share with family and friends.

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