Favorite Ingredient Friday~Blind Taste Test Success

I’ve been trying to cut back on our food budget by making my own salad dressings & condiments. I recently made this recipe and took a spoon full out for my husband to taste. He willingly tasted it (though he expected something sweet) and asked why I had him tasting A1 sauce?!? Success, a blind taste test. It’s a simple recipe I made from things I already had in the pantry and I figure it saved me about $4. A1 was $4.59 at the market that day and I refused to buy it.

1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup vinegar*
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon grated orange peel (bottled)
2 Tablespoons ketchup
2 Tablespoons Chili Sauce

  • Mix all together and boil for 2 minutes, stirring to prevent burning.
  • Cool to lukewarm.
  • Puree in food processor.
  • Cap tightly ~ I used a glass salad dressing bottle and a jam label to identify it & refrigerate.

*apple cider or balsamic vinegar works too, but does alter the flavor slightly.


Could you tell us what type or brand of chile sauce you used? There seems to be a huge range, from no heat to extremely hot. Thank you!