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Sauces, Condiments & Preservation


Is Balsamic Vinegar a Fermented Food?

This article looks at whether balsamic vinegar undergoes fermentation.


4 Creative Ways to Cook With Pepper Jelly

Red pepper jelly is versatile and delicious. Discover creative ways to cook with this spicy but sweet jelly.


Easy Sugar-Free Apple Butter in the Microwave

Do you love the naturally sweet taste of apple butter but dislike the added sugar in commercial brands? Here's how to make your own sugar-free apple butter in the microwave.


Top 20 Peanut Butter Puns: Quick Jokes for Adults and Kids!

Peanut butter puns will bring a smile to your face at any time of the year, but they are especially entertaining to share on National Peanut Butter Day (January 24).


Homemade Pear and Green Tomato Chutney Recipe

Simple recipe to make a tasty homemade pear and green tomato chutney.


Can You Get Sick From Eating Expired Miracle Whip?

Find out whether it's safe to eat Miracle Whip after its best-by date and how to properly store it.


Homemade Pesto Recipe

Pesto is one of those sauces that goes great on pasta and even chicken. This recipe is one that my family loves and can easily be tweaked to suit your personal taste.


Easy Bolognese Sauce for Authentic Italian Flavor

If you are looking for a quick and simple Bolognese sauce, this is the recipe for you. This simple, delicious, and rich sauce is perfect for all of your pasta cravings.


5 Creative Ways to Use Sugar-Free Green Apple Syrup

Have you tried sugar-free green apple syrup? The flavor is a unique combination of sweet and sour that wakes up food and drinks. This article will show you creative ways to use this syrup in your recipes and beverages.


How to Make Peanut Butter at Home (With Optional Honey)

Smooth and creamy, preservative-free peanut butter recipe. Video included.


Canned Tomato Sauce With Garlic, Onion, and Basil

Roasted tomatoes, sauteed onions, garlic, and fresh spices give this tomato sauce a depth of flavor that is just amazing!


Best Guacamole Dip: Easy Recipe

This creamy and delicious guacamole dip is quick and easy to make. You only need a few ingredients, and they're all healthy. Enjoy this dip with tortilla chips or veggies during Super Bowl season or anytime!


Sweet and Spicy Cilantro and Lime Dip Recipe

This sweet and spicy dip is made with cilantro, tomato, lime juice, and other healthy ingredients. It goes especially well with corn tortilla chips but can also be enjoyed with baby carrots, celery sticks, and other veggies.


Does Olive Oil Have Peanuts in It?

Does olive oil contain peanuts? The answer isn't as straightforward as it might seem. Here's why.


Powerful Mustard Seed: Types, Uses, and Trivia

This article gives the history of mustard, discusses various types and uses of mustard, plus it provides some recipes. Types of mustard plants are also reviewed, along with some trivia.


Easy Instant Pot Blueberry Lemon Jam Recipe

A tart twist on a classic favorite.


Store-Bought Hummus vs. Homemade: Vegan Taste Test

With hummus now widely available in supermarkets, is it better than what I used to make in my youth? I put it to the test.


How to Make Flaxseed Powder at Home

Flaxseeds need to be ground and consumed to be fully digested by our body. Learn the correct way to roast flaxseed, grind it to a powder and store it. Video included.


Goat Cheese and Habanero Guacamole Recipe

A decadent take on a classic favorite.


Homemade Strawberry Jam Recipe

Maria shares her experience in making strawberry jam, a few tips she learned along the way, and of course, the recipe.


Marmalade: The Bitter Truth

Almost inedible Seville oranges are turned into a preserve that many people claim to enjoy as part of their breakfast.


Fabulous Tasting Madeira Sauce Recipe (Plus Fun Facts)

In addition to a fabulous Madeira sauce recipe, you'll learn a bit about the Madeira Islands and its wine.


Lemon Honey Dressing

Lemons are in abundance in the garden, and so my motivation for making this lemon-based dressing stems from my desire to use lemons, along with the other green leafy vegetables growing in abundance.


Easy Homemade Guacamole Recipe Without Tomatoes

With this easy recipe, you'll never have to buy preservative-laden guacamole from the store again! All you need is five ingredients and 15 minutes.


What Is Tahini? History, Uses, and 6 Easy Recipes

Tahini is a savory sesame condiment that originated thousands of years ago in Indonesia. Let’s answer your tahini questions, learn how to make it, and discover how to use it in cooking and baking.


A History of Tomato Ketchup

Long, long before there was Henry John Heinz, there was ketchup.


How to Can and Preserve Any Type of Food

Canning is easier than many people expect.


Soy Mango Sauce (With Two Bonus Recipes)

This quick and easy sauce can be used in multiple ways. Cook once and enjoy throughout the week without getting bored.


Easy Instant Pot Blueberry Jam Recipe (With No-Pectin Option)

This blueberry jam recipe provides the same traditional flavor with the ease of a pressure cooker. Two recipes included: one with pectin and one without.


The Story of Worcestershire Sauce: Origins, Uses, and Fun Facts

Almost every kitchen has a bottle of Worcestershire sauce—its sweet and sour flavours waiting to be released. Learn about the origins, ingredients, and uses of this pungent condiment.


Quick Pickled Onion Recipe

Who doesn’t love fancy-schmancy avocado toast upwards of $7 from the local coffee shop? There’s no use denying it. But how about elevating your at-home avocado toast game for a fraction of the cost? This recipe is quick, simple, and can help you do just that!


Southern Tomato Gravy

Southerners understand that feeding a crowd at the last minute can make you frantic. This recipe is quick and easy to whip up—and it's delicious, too.


Peach Marmalade With Tsipouro

This tasty summer marmalade is prepared with peaches and Tsipouro, an unaged Greek brandy. Instead of spreading it on bread or toast, I like to use it as a topping on cake. It makes an absolutely delicious dessert!


Dragon Fruit Salsa: A Mexican Recipe With a Filipino Twist

Try this delicious dragon fruit twist on the traditional salsa recipe. It perfectly complements fried or grilled foods.


5 Best Gravy Recipes for Thanksgiving Turkey

Turkey can always use a little extra flavor. The good news? Gravy is supe easy!


How to Dehydrate Lettuce and Leafy Greens (and How to Use It Later)

Dehydrating lettuce and leafy greens may seem odd, but you can preserve great nutrition and add it to your dinners when you don't have time to eat salads, or if you have naturally picky eaters. Plus, you can preserve the goodness of your garden for later consumption.


Recipe for Creamy and Chunky Dry Marsala Sauce With Mushrooms

My flavorful Marsala sauce recipe makes a delicious topping for chicken, pork, beef, or even mixed with pasta and used as a main dish.


Cucumber Strawberry Salsa (Plus FAQs and Serving Suggestions)

When cucumbers and strawberries are growing crazily in your garden, mix the two together into a fresh salsa that is crisp, tangy, a tiny bit sweet, and versatile.


Rustic Eggplant Prosciutto Sauce Recipe: Perfect With Pasta or Polenta

The rich flavors of Italian-inspired ingredients meld together perfectly when slowly simmered on the stovetop, providing a flavorful sauce for plates of pasta or polenta.


Easy Creamy Chicken Gravy Without Drippings

Do you love homemade chicken gravy but don't have drippings? Try this easy gravy recipe. It's easy to make, creamy, and delicious.


How to Make the Very Best Taco Salsa

I haven't bought salsa or Picante sauce from the store for more than 18 years. This recipe from my Uncle Bert is the reason why.


Quick Homemade Curry Sauce Recipe

This quick and easy homemade curry sauce packs much more flavour than any store-bought sauce.


Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce Using Canned Tomatoes

Store-bought pasta sauce can be great—nothing against Prego or Ragu—but if you're looking to throw in a homemade spin, here's a super-simple way to do it using canned tomatoes.


Exploring Balsamic Vinegar: History and 4 Recipes

Once a tonic to prevent pests and plague, balsamic vinegar is now used in all manner of cooking and baking. Let’s learn its history, how it's made, and four innovative recipes.


Recipe for the Best Strawberry Jam and Topping

These recipes for strawberry jam and strawberry topping are so tasty. I have included step-by-step instructions with my own photos so you can make these recipes easily.


The Best Guacamole Recipe of All Time

Guacamole is hands down a crowd-pleaser and sure to spruce up just about any meal. This recipe has been my go-to for over 15 years and has never been beat. It's super easy and quick to prepare, and it will disappear just about as fast as you can make it!


Tiny Tomato Sauce

This sauce is made with tiny tomatoes, garlic, and fresh and dried basil. It's an easy sauce that goes well with any type of pasta.


How to Make Easy and Guilt-Free Dips and Dressings

Whether you are on a diet or just looking for simple and easy dips to make, this article will give you some useful ideas on how to make some healthy dips for your appetizers.


How to Make Fruit Preserves for a Simple Fruit Cobbler

Learn how to make your own fruit preserves and then use them to make a simple fruit cobbler.


How to Make Maple Syrup the Old-Fashioned Way

A nostalgic New England experience became a new tradition in Indiana. See how we make our own maple syrup, from collecting and storing the sap to boiling it down.