flavor enhancers, condiments

Food enhancers (flavor enhancers). Condiments like ketchup, mustard, mayo, relish, dressings, sauces, spices, syrups, and all others…

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.

Do-it-yourself Flavor Enhancers

Being a preparedness website, we recommend that you go beyond just having some food storage. Don’t forget about all those spices and condiments!

Put together a inventory of ingredients to make your own food 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 (not everything grows local).

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

Don’t suffer from ‘appetite fatigue’.

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