flavor enhancers, condiments

You know all those condiments (flavor enhancers) that people buy in the grocery store? Things like ketchup, mustard, mayo, relish, dressings, sauces, spices, syrups, and all other things like that?

Well, did you know that you can make your own?

And maybe homemade is better for you?

 
Here’s the challenge:

List one of your own recipes for homemade (do it yourself) condiments or flavor enhancements in the comment section below.

I’ll pull some of them out and insert into the article.

 

Preparedness for Do-it-yourself Flavor Enhancers

Being a preparedness website, we recommend that food storage beyond just a week or two or three is part of good overall prepping for longer term hypothetical disaster/breakdown.

3 months, 6 months, a year, 2 years?! (in case the garden fails year #1?) – a diversified storage of foods and essential ingredients is a good thing!

When going beyond the basics of foods that store well for the long term, what about the inventory of ingredients to make your own flavor enhancers?

Maybe some of it could come from your garden. Other spices and enhancers might come from your grocery store which you simply add to your own storage inventory (not everything grows local).

Plain food can get boring. So what can we do to bring it to life?

 
Imagine if the worst were to happen (breakdown of ‘just in time’ food distribution), or being forced to survive within the hypothetical societal collapse described in the novel One Second After. (Every prepper should read that book)

You’re now breaking into your rice & beans and other such ‘long term food storage’ preps. Wouldn’t it be nice to spice it up or to slow down something called ‘appetite fatigue’ due to repetition of mostly the same base of foods?

Here are a few recipes (extracted from previous comments) to get the thought process going.

 

Make Your Own Chocolate Syrup

(from MSB commenter, ‘JayJay’)

I make my own syrup. Better than Hershey’s.
No preservatives.

1 cup cane sugar
½ cup cocoa
1 cup water
¼-½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
⅛ teaspoon sea salt

Pour all ingredients except vanilla into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer for several minutes, stirring constantly.

Stir in vanilla extract.
Allow syrup to cool.

I store my syrup in an empty chocolate syrup container.

 

Make Your Own Italian Dressing

(from MSB commenter, ‘Peanut Gallery’)

Italian Dressing

1 cup of salad oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon onion salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon thyme
2 cloves garlic minced

Shake all the ingredients in a jar. Let sit for at least 2 hours to blend the flavors.


 
I randomly pulled those two recipes out of our reader comment base. Now’s your chance to add your own, for the benefit of others.

Ready? Go!

 
Recipe Book: The Kitchen Pantry Cookbook: Make Your Own Condiments