- In The Pantry | In The Pantry | Wed, May 1, 2013 1:52 PM EDT | Comments
You may have purchased shredded cheese, dried herbs, or instant rice because it was convenient, but did it really taste that great? Do you have any of these flavorless and costly items on your shopping list? Here are four types of groceries you shouldn't be buying and bringing home.
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Convenience foods - Chopped vegetables cost more than buying the whole onion or head of lettuce. Pre-diced onions can cost three times more than whole onions. Pre-grated cheese can become flavorless, since it's unknown when it was actually grated. Minced garlic loses its authentic flavor and becomes slimy. It's just as easy to mince, chop, or grate these items yourself.
Suspicious seasonings - Good salt has a clean flavor, but classic iodized salt does not. Pre-ground black pepper does not have the same flavor as fresh ground peppercorns from a mill. "In the Pantry" host Aida Mollenkamp says, "These are black pieces of food confetti." Likewise, d...Read More »
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- Yumsugar | In The Pantry | Wed, Apr 17, 2013 1:42 PM EDT | Comments
If you're not yet acquainted with your supermarket's bulk aisle, there's no time like the present. Assuming your market has high turnover, bulk items are generally fresher, more economical - particularly when you need just a bit of an ingredient - and allow for eco-friendly shopping as they reduce and can even eliminate disposable packaging from the equation. Add to that the variety of snacks, staples, and even spices on offer in some stores, and it's no wonder many swear by this section. But before we get carried away, keep these tips in mind:
Stock up on storage containers: Transfer your newly bought loot to a sturdy storage container - whether it be a pop-top containerfor grains, nuts, dried fruit, and the like, or small jars for spices - to avoid a pile up of flimsy plastic bags, and an organizational headache. That said, if you're planning to use up the contents of your purchase within a few days, don't sw
- Stock up on storage containers: Transfer your newly bought loot to a sturdy storage container - whether it be a pop-top container
- Real Simple Magazine | In The Pantry | Fri, Apr 19, 2013 3:35 PM EDT | Comments
Umami: n. a (funny-sounding) word describing an indescribable deliciousness; savory, rich, yum. These six ingredients have umami in spades-here's how to harness their flavors every day of the week.Read More »
- Source: Cooking Basics: Vinegars 101
If balsamic is the only variety of vinegar in your pantry, then it's time to expand your horizons. Whether you're looking for a sweet, savory, or tangy taste, you can boost flavor easily with the right vinegar. Not sure where to start? We're breaking down some of the most popular types of vinegar and the best dishes to drizzle them on, so before you grab your standby balsamic, take a look at these must-try vinegars:
- Apple cider: Tan, tart, and slightly fruity, apple cider vinegar works best in salad dressings and poultry marinades.
- Balsamic: One of the most popular vinegars, balsamic can be used in dressings, dips, marinades, sauces, and reductions, topping everything from salads to desserts to meat and seafood. Made with white grapes and aged for several years, traditional balsamic vinegar is both sweet and sour, so it works well with sweet foods and salty dishes - especially cheese.
- Wine: Perfect to drizzle over sautéed vegetables