Even on Pinterest, Instagram, and other social networks you can find amazing, delectable and tasty-looking condiments, sauces and dips that you can create on your own to enhance your meals.
In the United States alone, the production of marketed condiments was valued at 5.6 billion dollars (USA) in 2010 and was estimated to grow to 7 billion dollars by 2015.
Condiments are the second largest bought specialty food with the first being cheese.
What Is A Condiment
A condiment includes a spice, herb, salt, pepper, and sauce.
The word “condiment” was coined from the Latin word condimentum, which means spice, seasoning, or sauce.
The Latin word condere, also means, to preserve, pickle, or season.
The preparation of a particular condiment is added to food to render a distinct flavor, and/or to intensify a culinary dish flavor.
The term originally described food items like pickles, tarter sauce, mustard, ketchup, or Tabasco sauce, but has shifted meaning over time.
What Are Sauces and Dips
Sauces are a liquid plus some sort of thickening agent along with other flavoring ingredients served with food, usually savory dishes, to add moistness and flavor.
About Food says there are 5 Mother Sauces, and they include…
- Béchamel Sauce
- Velouté Sauce
- Espagnole Sauce
- Hollandaise Sauce
- Classic Tomate Sauce
About Food explains that the term “mother sauce” in culinary arts, refers to any one of the five basic sauces just mentioned, which are the starting points for making various secondary sauces. They say that they are called “mother sauces,” as each sauce is like the head of its own unique family of sauces.
Salsa is the Italian and Spanish word for sauce, and in English speaking countries salsa usually refers to the sauces typical of Mexican cuisine, referred to as salsa picante, particularly those used as dips.
Salsas are most often prepared with a tomato-based sauce or dip which is heterogeneous or diverse in character, as it can include the addition of onions, chilies, beans, cilantro, corn, and assorted spices that are customarily piquant, ranging from mild to very hot.
Salsas can be runny or thick. Both types of salsas are also used as dipping sauces, such as platters that are prepared with corn chips, beans, sour cream, and salsa.
Dips are a thick food item, for dipping other finger foods into.
Dips are usually dairy based, like a buttermilk based dip, or a sour cream or cream cheese based dip, as well as tomato based.
You can even mix a salsa with sour cream to form a dip.
Dips can be thick or a liquid, and they can include a spinach dip, fruit dip, like guacamole, or a pizza dip, such as a tomato sauce based dip, or a garlic sauce.
Creative Condiments – Sauces – and Dips
Add coconut to your curry sauce. This gives it a more south-east Asian flavor. Just sauté some onions, ginger, curry powder, and sugar. Add some coconut milk and allow to simmer. Season with salt and pepper.
Add fresh, frozen, or peach preserves and spices to a favorite barbecue sauce. Mix in some peach preserves, a little sriracha, and your favorite barbecue sauce, and turn some yum into a wow in an instant.
You can create a great slider sauce or marinade for grilling meats by using Dijon mustard, key lime juice, Himalayan salt and pepper.
Here is a list of some great Condiments – Sauces – and Dips you can find on this website:
- Greek Cucumber Yogurt Sauce For Gyros
- National Meatball Day (includes a recipe for a Buboron Dipping Sauce)
- BBQ Garlic Lemon Vegetable Platter
- Garden Fresh Tomatoes and Salsa
- Peach Mango Salsa
- Fresh Mexican Salsa
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