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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Sauce Boss

Here in the states, we have become dependent on sauces and dips for food. We head over to the grocery store to buy these dips, sauces, etc., and never really pay attention of what is actually in the bottle. Many of our sauces are filled with artificial ingredients, preservatives, and high fructose corn syrup. Most of our favorite sauces can actually be made it home for less money than you're paying at the grocery store and will be better for you because you know what's in the bottle.
America's favorite condiment contrary to popular belief is not ketchup but salsa, this can be easily made at home in your kitchen with four simple ingredients, chopped tomatoes, onions chiles, and cilantro. The flavor enhancers such as spices like, garlic, cumin, lime juice and as always salt are up to you and your imagination and taste preference. Check previous posts for some of my favorite recipes.
Now lets tackle the kids condiment king, Ketchup. Kids want it with fries, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, eggs, and I am pretty sure everyone has seen a kid trying to use it as a beverage.
Here is a simple recipe to make your own.
2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
1/2 cup white vinegar
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon molasses
1 teaspoon agave nectar
2 1/2 cups water
Add to a covered sauce pan and simmer on low for two hours until reduced.
You can additional spices to make BBQ sauces from this base or to top your meatloaf.
So next time you think you have to buy a dip because you don't think you can save yourself money and make it in a more healthy and just as delicious way, stop and think anything is possible to make at home. If you need help recreating your own home version, feel free to ask in the comments below.
And don't forget...

Chef Dave