Make your own Zero Waste Condiments

It seems like a lot of zero waste success is based on being very good at DIY. I’m not sure about you guys, but I definitely don’t have the time nor the desire to make everything in my home from scratch. I focus on simple solutions to help me keep reaching my goals.

On place that I do put a lot more effort of creating my own items is in the kitchen. I love to cook and create interesting dishes alongside my partner. And I have gotten much more adept at making my own condiments by trying different recipes I found online.

Here are a few of my favorite, very simple recipes for zero waste condiments.

Mustard sauce

I love making my own mustard and the beauty is it only take me a few minutes. I like to reuse the container from store bought mustard to store it.

This is my favorite mustard recipe from I love it because it is simple and fast and make a great mustard. I prefer to use water and turmeric and honey from the optional ingredients. All of the ingredients are available from my favorite bulk stores.

Pesto sauce

When making pesto I don’t follow a recipe. Just combine my favorite ingredients in the quantities that I like based on the flavor I am trying to achieve. The beauty is, if it is too thick you can always add more olive oil, or too thin, more basil.

What you’ll need –

  • Ingredients: garlic, basil, pine nuts, olive oil, and salt.
  • Tools: mixer, chopper, or dicer, and large bowl

Start by chopping the garlic and separating the basil leaves from the stems. Place all of the ingredients into your mixing bowl and drizzle olive oil on top. Mix until the basil is finely chopped, adding more olive oil as needed. Stop when your have the consistency of a sauce or the thickness of your desire. Drizzle on your dish and enjoy!

Chocolate spread

I found this 4 ingredient chocolate spread recipe on Pinterest and immediately tried it because I happened to have all of the ingredients at home.

What you need:

  • Ingredients: 1 can coconut milk, 4 tbsp cocoa powder, 1 tsp vanilla, 4 tbsp sugar (I used coconut sugar and replace the cocoa powder with Nesquik!)
  • Tools: mixer, large bowl, and serving jars or cups

Mix all ingredient together in a large bowl until smooth and creamy. Pour individual servings into the serving jars or cups. (I like to reuse glass yogurt jars.) And chill in the refrigerator until solid. It’s that simple!

Sometimes we think that making it yourself would be complicated and time consuming. But these three simple recipes prove that it doesn’t always have to be. Hope you liked them and will try them soon.

What other quick recipes do you like to make Zero Waste swaps? Let me know in the comments.

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