I believe the right condiment or sauce can make or break any dish. Sure I can purchase natural and organic pre-made condiments from the grocery store but often those can get a bit expensive. I know to that not everyone may have access to stores that have these options finding nothing but condiments full of undesirable ingredients, flavors, and preservatives. I’ve personally had a hankering to make my own using fresh herbs from and vegetables from my garden but I wasn’t sure where to start. That was until I discovered the book Homemade Condiments: Artisan Recipes Using Fresh, Natural Ingredients by Jessica Harlan which offers a plethora of easy to make condiment recipes from classic to more fancy gourmet offerings.
This book is hardcover and it’s minimal in size. It takes up very little space on my bookshelf being just 7.1 inches wide as well as long. The pages are quite durable and filled with illustrations as well as full color photography. There’s a surprising amount of information inside! I was quite delighted that not just recipes but techniques such as canning and food safety was included! I feel it is a very beneficial addition to the book in ensuring proper techniques are known and care is taken in storing and preparation. There’s also a section that talks about why to make your own condiments, how to set up your pantry, and equip your kitchen in this culinary journey!
The categories of recipes in the book are Ketchups, Barbecue & Other Sauces, Mustards & Mayonnaises, Pickles & Relishes, Hot Sauces & Salsa, Infused Oils & Vinegars, Salad Dressings, Ethnic & Specialty Condiments, & Sweet Sauces & Spreads. Each recipes starts with a personal introduction, specification of how much the recipe makes, ingredients needed, detailed directions, and a Use it For section. The Use It For area which is available with every recipe is extremely helpful in knowing what to pair the condiment with! Most condiments unless canned will last up to four weeks in the fridge.
I can’t really pick a favorite category or recipe. All the condiments sound extremely tasty. However, I am liking the Salad Dressings recipes quite a bit since I’m watching my diet more closely. I love that I know everything going inside these recipes and that they are all very healthy for my family and I.
This book would make a wonderful gift to anyone that is eager to cook from scratch and delve into the world of condiments. Speaking of gifts, perhaps you know someone that likes receiving condiments as gifts? There’s section dedicated to just that in the book too. From how to gift in packaging, labeling, and where you can find certain jar. Whether it’s mustard, curried ketchup, chutney, hot fudge sauce, compote, pickles, or something else. I feel there’s certain condiments within that will appeal to most everybody.
Overall, I have been so inspired thanks to this book! I plan on purchasing jars and other things needed in storing and making nearly all my condiments! Meals will be more fun and I can proudly say that nearly everything is made by scratch. There’s just something to be proud of in that and the fact that everything is natural! I highly recommend this book!
Interested in Purchasing? Homemade Condiments: Artisan Recipes Using Fresh, Natural Ingredients is available on Amazon.com in hardcover ($13.55) or digital format($9.99). Prices are subject to change.