How to Make Your Own Condiments!

Here’s the printed recipes to my video on YouTube:

Fermented Ketchup

Ketchup that is NOT 1/3 sugar
Author: John MacDowall


  • 2 12- oz cans of tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2-4 cloves garlic chopped
  • juice from another ferment
  • 1 teaspoon finely ground salt
  • a little hot pepper
  • more water or pickle juice


  • Combine all ingredients with stick blender. Slowly add more liquid while blending until the result is the consistency of ketchup.
  • Cover and store in a warm (65-85F) place for 1-4 weeks. Ketchup will bubble and get more sour as it ages. Remove to refrigerator when the ketchup is tart enough to be delicious.


You'll some kind of culture to inoculate this. You can use pickle juice or sauerkraut juice or something else that you've fermented. You can even use a small amount of whey strained out of some fresh yogurt.

Fast Homemade Mayo

Super easy way to whiz up some mayonnaise in seconds!
Author: John MacDowall


  • 1 cup good oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • salt to taste
  • lemon juice to taste


  • Combine oil and egg and salt. Buzz with an immersion blender until thick. Add salt and lemon juice to taste.

Homemade Mustard

A simple stone ground style mustard.
Author: John MacDowall


  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup yellow mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric


  • Combine all ingredients.
  • Allow to soak overnight.
  • Mix with stick blender until desired consistency.


Use 2 parts liquid to 1 part mustard seeds. Liquid can be wine, beer, vinegar, water. Experiment!!

About John MacDowall

I was born in Poughkeepsie, NY. We moved to a farm during middle school where I learned about raising animals and growing food. Now, I live in the affluent suburbs of Washington, DC and wonder why people eat the way they do.


  1. I love all of your various videos. You have information that I have been wanting and they are so much simpler than so many. However, I have been looking for the recipes for the salad dressings and have been unable to find them. I had hoped that I could print the recipes.

    • Hi Carole R Finch – if you open this link using Google Chrome, you can Right Click and select Print – it will then give you the option to print or save – if you save it gets saved in a PDF format. I do this with a lot of things I want to print – you can chose to have background images or not, and you can customise the page margins – eg, if the ingredients are split over 2 pages I will alter the margins so that it’s a more sensible page break.

      hope this helps 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.