Even before this lifestyle change of a plant based diet, I have been making my own condiments as much as possible. Salsas, jams, bbq sauces, salad dressings and whatever else I can make myself. I do still buy some organic/natural salad dressings, but I try to make whatever I can. I still havent mastered ketchup. Last time I made that homemade it tasted like burnt tomatoes. So that is a working progress.
My favorite homemade condiment has been my salsa. It tastes so fresh when it is made at home compared to the store bought kinds. You can make a big batch and can it so it will last a long time! We go through it fast enough that there is no point in canning it!
One of my biggest struggles in cooking is I never really measure. I put a little of this and that, try it, and add more of whatever. That is one of the fun things about cooking instead of baking is you don’t always have to be “exact” and you can adjust things to taste. For this blog though I will try and measure things a little better in case you want to try to make them.
1 large can of whole peeled tomatoes (Or when I am really on top of my game I will use 5 or 6 big tomatoes and roast them)
A handful full of cilantro
2 tbs minced garlic
1 tbs lime juice
1/4 onion (I use whatever color onion I have on hand)
1/2 Anaheim or banana pepper
Salt to taste
Dump it in a food processor, blend it up and you have some fresh homemade salsa! If you roast tomatoes you will want to stick it in the fridge first to let it cool and the flavors to merry. It is even better the next day!