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I’ve always been an out-of-the-bottle condiments gal. Not because I don’t like cooking, but mainly because I didn’t know how easy it was! I did about five minutes of research and was in shock! Not only was it possible, but it was a simple process. I mean, really, all you do is mix all ingredients together and simmer! It doesn’t take a gourmet chef to make delicious condiments, you just need a place to start. Here’s inspiration for making your own Ketchup, Mustard, and BQQ Sauce (all of which go great on burgers featuring Tillamook Cheese):

Ketchup
Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 60 minutes
Yield: 1 cup

Ingredients
6 ounces tomato paste
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
½ cup water
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
¹⁄₈ teaspoon allspice

Preparation
In a medium saucepan, whisk together all of the ingredients. Bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to simmer, cover, and cook for 60 minutes. If you don’t have that much time, simmer for at least 30 minutes. Cool completely then chill before using. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Source: Adapted from Chocolate Moosey

Mustard
Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 5 minutes
Yield: ½ cup

Ingredients
¼ cup water
4 tablespoons dry ground mustard
3 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
¼ teaspoon salt
¹⁄₈ teaspoon turmeric
¹⁄₈ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon sugar

Preparation
In a medium saucepan, whisk together all of the ingredients. Bring to a boil then simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes. Cool completely then chill before using. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Source: Adapted from Chocolate Moosey

BBQ Sauce
Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 60 minutes
Yield: 3½ cups

Ingredients
1 cup ketchup*
1 cup tomato sauce
¾ cup brown sugar
¾ cup red wine vinegar
¼ cup unsulphured molasses
1 tablespoon butter, cut into small pieces
2 teaspoons hickory flavored liquid smoke
¼ teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¹⁄₈ teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon celery seed
¹⁄₈ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
*If you plan ahead you can use your homemade ketchup from above in this BBQ Sauce!

Preparation
In a large saucepan, over medium heat, mix together all ingredients. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 60 minutes, stirring occasionally. If you don’t have that much time, simmer for at least 30 minutes. The sauce will thicken as it simmers (and as it cools). Use the sauce to brush onto meats the last ten minutes of grilling or for any other recipe where barbecue sauce is used. Once cooled, store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. The sauce can be frozen. Thaw in the refrigerator and use as needed.

Source: Adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Café

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