Taking Control of My Kitchen Challenge #2: Worcestershire Edition!

So, I almost broke my new rule to myself–less than a week into my challenge. I know, I know…but this is such a mind switch! It’s so easy to wander down grocery store aisles and buy staples, but that’s not my life anymore (sounding super, super dramatic). But, no fear, I snapped back into it the minute I picked up a bottle of one of our kitchen’s necessities, worcestershire sauce.

For a lot of people, worcestershire is one of those things you have to buy for that one recipe you are going to make one time, and it just sits in the back of your fridge. At our house, however, it is a pretty commonly used ingredient. A lot of crockpot dishes call for it for a quick burst of flavor, and we use it when we make our homemade Caesar dressing. So when we ran out today while I was cooking (and I yelled “NOOOOOO!” to an empty kitchen), I put it on our grocery list, since we were going to be cooking with it again this week (we make weekly menus at our place, so I’m always one step ahead).

However, it was a rookie mistake to put this condiment on my list. This is because–of course–it is incredibly easy to make. When I picked up the bottle in the grocery store, I immediately recognized my misstep, and walked away slowly. Very, very slowly.

Actually, worcestershire isn’t the absolute worst condiment in the world to buy. It often contains high fructose corn syrup (which is bad, remember?), but a lot of brands don’t put that junk in it. Anchovies are a surprising ingredient. Also, they add coloring to make it look more appealing, I guess? So, I knew when I made it that it would be the “wrong” color.

The recipe I found was super easy to follow and do. We had all the ingredients already at our house, and if you cook often you probably do too, but here’s a rundown on what it took to make this tasty, salty little number (recipe courtesy of Food Renegade):

  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce (if you don’t already have this, you can usually find it next to the soy sauce)
  • 2 tbsp honey (use local!)
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • juice of one lime
  • 1/2 tsp ground clove (warning to those of you who don’t already own this: this is a pricey spice)
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic 
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder

Put all these ingredients in one bowl. Transport them into a [recycled] salad dressing bottle or some other container (I used my old Worcestershire bottle). SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE! SHAKE IT LIKE A POLAROID PICTURE!

& there you go.

No high fructose corn syrup. Not even an anchovy.

Tastes just like worcestershire sauce! Stupid easy. Like, saying “worcestershire” is harder than actually making this.

I can’t believe it has taken me so long to wake up & take the time to make my own staples in my kitchen.

Has anyone tried making the mayonnaise from my last post? Let me know what you think about it, or this recipe, or whatever you make on your own! Also, any suggestions or recipes are HIGHLY encouraged!

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