The best condiments have a perfect balance of salty, sweet, and spicy flavors and short ingredient lists with few or no preservatives. Such high-quality mustards, relishes, and dressings are widely available, but sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between ho-hum products with low-quality ingredients and the perfectly balanced topper. Here are 11 easy-to-find replacements for the condiments you'll find in any fridge.
Heinz Organic Tomato Ketchup
What could be better than Heinz Ketchup, by far the bestselling brand of the tomatoey condiment we douse on so much? Actually, very little. When H.J. Heinz created it in 1876, he achieved a perfect balance that pushed all five flavor buttons: salty, sweet, sour, bitter, and umami, says Malcolm Gladwell in "The Ketchup Conundrum." Lately, Heinz has replaced corn syrup with sugar in its organic version, which has won top honors in taste tests for its "clean" flavor. Newer, fancy ketchups just don't measure up. [$3 for 14 oz; heinzketchup.com]