easy homemade condiments for your summer cookouts

For me, summer is synonymous with grilling. There is nothing better than a warm summer day, a cold beer, and a burger hot off the grill. And when it comes to topping off that burger, a cool, creamy ketchup or mayonnaise is the perfect complement. In our refrigerator, we have an entire shelf dedicated to condiments - think Grey Poupon mustard, Hellman's mayonnaise, Heinz ketchup. You name it and we probably have an old bottle back there.

It's so easy to pick up a bottle or two of these condiments at the grocery store, that I have never stopped to consider making my own. However, inspired by a recent classical sauce class, I decided to try my hand at homemade mayonnaise, and then went a bit further and tested recipes for ketchup, a creamy yogurt tzatziki dip, and pickles.

Turns out that making your own condiments is pretty easy, and the flavors are bolder, brighter, and more exciting than the store-bought options. I also really appreciate that I know exactly what is in each sauce - no preservatives or funny-sounding ingredients. The shelf life is not as long, but these are so delicious, you'll want to eat them up quickly at your next cookout. Check out the recipes for these dips and condiments on the Recipes page!