Slather, drizzle, drip— summer is the time for your favorite sauces, condiments, and dips, especially when there are grilled hot dogs and hamburgers around. While running to the grocery store and grabbing your favorite bottle of ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise is certainly convenient, take your homemade recipes one step further and make these pantry staples from scratch. Not only will you shave off an unnecessary amount of sugar and sodium, you will save money, and have these delicious DIY creations to show off.

Ballpark Beer Mustard

Perfect for grilling out this summer, homemade mustard is so easy and gives you an opportunity to get creative. Every mustard starts out the same way, it combines mustard seeds with a liquid. For the best mustard, simply soak about ½ cup mustard seeds, in ½ cup white wine vinegar for 24 hours. After a day, take your mixture, blend in a food processor and pour in a jar once you've reached your desired consistency. For all of the combinations, let the prepared mustard rest for another 24 hours before serving. This allows all of the flavors to rest and meld together for the best flavor.

Now that you have the basics down, give these different mustard recipes a try:

Honey Mustard

  • Take ½ cup of your classic yellow mustard that you made earlier and add another ½ cup white wine vinegar, a dash of salt, and ½ cup of honey. Stir all the ingredients in a small saucepan over a medium-low heat for a couple minutes or until it thickens. Transfer into a jar and let it rest in the refrigerator for 24 hours before serving.

Whole Grain Mustard:

  • Use a combination of ¼ cup brown mustard seeds and ¼ cup yellow mustard seeds
  • Add ¼ cup of beer to your white wine vinegar

Dijon-Style Mustard

  • Use a combination of ¼ cup brown mustard seeds and ¼ cup yellow mustard seeds
  • ½ cup dry white wine (like Sauvignon Blanc )
  • ½ cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (if you prefer)
Classic Homemade Mayonnaise

While a jar of store-bought mayonnaise cost around $4.00, the same amount made at home cost less than $1.00. As a bonus, mayonnaise is the canvas to key sauces in so many of our recipes, including homemade tartar sauce, Rémoulade, the southern favorite, white BBQ sauce, and many more.

Homemade Ketchup

No two tomatoes are ever the same, which means making ketchup from homegrown tomatoes yields a fresh, new flavor every time. Incorporating onions, garlic, bell peppers, and of course beautiful ripe, plump tomatoes, this recipe highlights a gardener’s harvest. If you’re like me though and only have dreams of garden, take a trip to your local Farmers’ Market and gather the fresh picks there instead. Both will be just as equally delicious.

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By Rebecca Longshore and Rebecca Longshore