TASTY, CHEAP SAUCES
Americans love condiments, from ketchup and hot sauce to mustard and mayonnaise, and March has been declared National Sauce Month. Stocking up on store-bought sauces is convenient, but there are benefits to making your own, aside from impressing family and friends. Pre-made sauces often contain chemicals that help preserve, color, and emulsify, and many consumers these days wish to avoid such additives. Natural and pure alternatives are often double or triple the cost of bargain brands. Making sauces at home ensures the lowest possible price and unadulterated, personalized flavor. The costs listed here for 10 popular sauces and their ingredients come from Walmart, Williams-Sonoma, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.