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20 simple condiment recipes that prove nothing beats homemade

You'll never have to buy sauces, jams or relishes again once you master these condiments! Easy to make and bursting with deliciously authentic ingredients, these recipes will transform your kitchen.

By Harriet Keown
  • 1

    Slow-cooked apple butter

    Homemade condiments are always worth the effort - and this apple butter is no different! Full of depth and flavour, this simple slow-cooked recipes is the perfect topping for porridge and desserts.


  • 2

    Rhubarb chutney

    I love the way Mum and her friends have swapped recipes over the years when their gardens are overflowing with produce that needs using up. This chutney recipe comes from Mum’s good friend Sue and it’s so simple to make.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

  • 3

    Broccoli and walnut pesto

    This homemade pesto is so good, you'll never want store-bought again! Use as a topping for crackers, a dip for vegetable crudité, fold through cooked pasta or spread onto a pizza base.


  • 4

    Bourbon molasses barbecue sauce

    This delicious bourbon molasses barbecue sauce from The Australian Women's Weekly 'Made from Scratch' cookbook is great as a marinade, for basting meats, or as a dipping sauce for your next BBQ!

    Australian Women's Weekly|

  • 5

    Mum’s magical marmalade

    This magical marmalade is so fantastic with the orange mellowing the grapefruit, and the lime and lemon creating a sharp tang. We're loving this marmalade on toast for breakfast!

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

  • 6

    Tart and sweet pineapple curd

    Pineapple curd is an easy way to add extra sweetness and flavour to crumpets or make a delicious filling for your favourite cake recipe!


  • 7

    Homemade peanut butter

    Slathered on toast, used in baking, or simply eaten from the spoon, you can’t beat this delicious homemade peanut butter recipe! All you need is a few simple ingredients to create your own from scratch


  • 8

    Tomato chilli jam

    Serve this delicious tomato chilli jam with anything – Parmesan and crackers, alongside a frittata, with a mince pie, heck even a boiled egg! We guarantee you’ll be coming back for more

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

  • 9

    Peach and kaffir lime chutney

    Nici Wickes' peach and kaffir lime chutney makes a great pairing for seafood, such as crumbed fish, or try it with sticky pork or other Asian-inspired dishes like soy chicken

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

  • 10

    Gherkin relish

    This gherkin relish recipe is the perfect addition to your next cheese platter. Serve for a savoury hit with cheese, bread and cold meats


  • 11

    Tamarillo chutney with walnut digestives

    Enjoy tamarillo season thanks to our divine chutney recipe, which makes a fantastic gift - even if it's a gift to yourself! It matches beautifully with cheese, pickles, cold meats, and these walnut digestives.


  • 12

    Homemade green curry paste

    Craft your own green curry paste from scratch with this simple recipe. This staple of Thai cuisine is perfect for chicken, fish, curries or soups. Plus, you can freeze the surplus

    New Zealand Taste|

  • 13

    Homemade harissa paste

    This simple recipe for homemade harissa combines chilli and spices to create a beautiful, flavourful paste that's perfect as a spice rub for meats or adding an extra kick to couscous

    New Zealand Taste|

  • 14

    Caramelised onion and beetroot jam

    While most jams are made using fruit, this tasty savoury-style recipe from The Australian Women's Weekly's 'Made From Scratch' cookbook is brilliant dolloped atop a steak sandwich, or served with blue cheese.

    Australian Women's Weekly|

  • 15

    Feijoa paste

    This feijoa paste is great on cheese boards and antipasto platters. It's is a labour of love but uses up lots of feijoas and in the long run, potentially saves you buying the pricey store-bought ones

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|

  • 16

    Tomato and basil mustard

    If you have the time, making your own condiments, such as this tomato and basil mustard, is a great way to ensure you know exactly what has gone into your food. If you're making as an edible gift, you might want to invest in some purpose-made jars with screw-top lids. You'll find them in major supermarkets and speciality kitchen shops.

    Good Food|

  • 17

    Herb and chilli butter

    Bread and butter is no longer a boring supper with this 10 minute recipe that has just six ingredients.

    Woman's Day|

  • 18

    Homemade tomato sauce

    It's easier than you think to create delicious homemade tomato sauce from scratch with this recipe. Serve alongside fish and chips, pies or fries


  • 19

    Sweet chilli sauce

    It's very satisfying to make your own condiments when the necessary fresh ingredients are cheap. Use in stir-fries, marinades, as a dipping sauce, on burgers or to spice up homemade dips.

    Woman's Day|

  • 20

    Homemade mint sauce

    Homemade mint sauce is nothing like the kind you buy in a jar. It's minty, sharp with vinegar and just a little bit sweet too. Perfect for dolloping over slices of juicy roast lamb.

    Australian Women's Weekly|