Do your kids go through a bottle of ketchup a week? Do you feel like you wouldn't survive without your favorite barbecue sauce? If you were to open the refrigerator in any average American home, you would probably find the shelves on the door packed to the brim with condiments of every flavor - you might even find more of them in the cabinets and pantry.

Condiments can turn a bland meal into something special, but some of them cost a pretty penny. Keep reading to learn about condiments you can make at home to save money without sacrificing flavor.

1. 5-Minute Mayonnaise

Place two egg yolks in a food processor then add four teaspoons fresh lemon juice and 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard. Pulse the ingredients until they are well combined. While the processor is running, drizzle in 1 cup of olive oil or vegetable oil in a slow, steady stream. Blend until the mixture is thick and emulsified then season it with salt and pepper. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

2. Easy Homemade Ketchup

Combine 3 (6-ounce) cans of tomato paste, ½ cup of white vinegar, 2 tablespoons of molasses, and up to 2 tablespoons of honey or sugar in a food processor. Pulse to combine then add a tablespoon of onion powder and a teaspoon each of garlic powder, dry mustard, and salt. Add a pinch of cinnamon, cloves, and allspice then blend well. Add about a cup of water and blend smooth until it reaches the desired consistency, about 2 to 3 minutes. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

3. Homemade Mustard Three Ways

Grind ¼ cup of whole mustard seeds in a spice grinder then stir them together with ½ to ¾ teaspoon salt in a mixing bowl. Stir in 2 tablespoons of whole mustard seeds then whisk in ¼ cup of water and 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar. Spoon the mixture into a jar then cover and rest at room temperature for 2 days before using. To make honey mustard, add 2 tablespoons of honey to the original recipe. To make beer mustard, replace the water with cold beer. If you don't want whole mustard seeds, simply grind them with the rest.

4. Classic Barbecue Sauce

Heat two tablespoons of oil in a saucepan then add 1 small diced onion and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in 2 to 3 cloves of garlic, minced, and cook for another minute. Add 1 (6-ounce) can of tomato paste and 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard then cook for 5 minutes, stirring often, until it turns dark red. Whisk in 2 cups of water along with 2 (14-ounce) cans of tomato sauce, ¼ cup of molasses, 3 tablespoons white vinegar, and 2 tablespoons Worcestershire. Season with salt and pepper to taste then simmer for 2 hours and adjust the seasoning to taste.

Though you could technically make most things you eat from scratch instead of buying them premade, it isn't always a cost-effective alternative. The best things to make yourself are the items you use often - condiments typically fall into that category. If there's one that you love, try making it yourself to see if you can't save a little money.

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