Make Your Own Condiments with Your Pantry Staples!
You can actually use the pantry staples you have on hand in creative ways.
Pair home-cooked meals with sauces and seasonings that are especially made to enhance the flavor of any dish. Simple to make, this collection of condiments will soon become must-haves in your kitchen!
1 A sprinkling of sugar dust
When baking with vanilla beans, make sure they don’t go to waste. Once the vanilla pods have been scraped off, leave the bean in a container (don’t close with the lid!) to dry for a few days. Afterwards, pulse in a food processor and mix with sugar to create vanilla sugar. Use vanilla sugar to dress up waffles, punctuate a hot cup of tea, or coat donuts.
2 Flavored mayo
Curry powder infuses a rich bottle of mayonnaise with flavor. A little goes a long way, so practice caution when adding the spice powder to the mayo. Have your next hotdog sandwich, Belgian fries, or even fried chicken with this tasty dip.
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3 Artisan salt
Finishing salts make eating even more pleasurable. Fleur de sel, a premium sea salt, is the best kind to use for seasoning food that’s about to be served. These tiny nuggets elevate the flavor of any cooked dish. It may cost a little more, but it’s definitely worth every cent.
4 A punch of heat
Homemade chili oil is so easy to make—you’ll only need two ingredients! Simply cook olive oil and dried red pepper fl akes in a small saucepan over low heat for a couple of minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a bottle once chili oil has cooled completely. Drizzle as you please.
5 A fruity blend
During your next barbecue, when you want something sweet, spicy, and fruity all at once, slather mango ketchup onto the meat. Blend together puréed ripe mangoes, white wine vinegar, sugar, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and cayenne pepper. Cook in a saucepan to thicken and store in the chiller to let the flavors meld.
6 Olive oil upgrade
A hint of rosemary and garlic heightens the already delectable flavor of excellent-quality olive oil. Cook oil, rosemary, and garlic in a saucepan over low heat for just a few minutes or until flavors meld. Magically transform salads and bread with a drizzling of this fancy olive oil! Try this with other herbs, too. If you don’t like rosemary, you can use thyme, basil, or even mint.
7 Filipino favorite
Atchara, a Filipino condiment made with unripe papaya, is commonly enjoyed with grilled barbecue and fish. Making your own is easy! Homemade atchara will surely bring some depth to home-cooked meals.
8 Quick trip to Korea
Make your own Korean seasoning sauce! In a small bowl, mix together rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, honey, and garlic. Those pantry essentials are all you need to come up with a condiment that goes great with almost everything—from tofu and noodles to vegetables and dumplings. Go ahead and use it as a marinade or as a dip!
Tips were part of a feature by Klarisse Joseph published in the August 2012 issue of Yummy magazine