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15 Ingredients Every Kitchen Should Have at all times


The following list represents some of the most common ingredients found in American, French and Italian recipes. I recommend having these on hand at all times. Cheeses and proteins are best when they’re fresh, so you can usually pick up meet, chicken, lamb or fish the day you plan on eating them. When going shopping, here’s a list of things to make sure to be stocked up on:

  • fresh herbs – rosemary, thyme, basil, etc..
  • fresh garlic cloves
  • shallots
  • onion
  • dijon mustard
  • butter
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar
  • vinegar (white wine or red wine)
  • stock or broth (beef, chicken, vegetable, etc..)
  • cornstarch
  • tomatoes
  • lemon
  • sea salt and pepper corn
  •   9 comments for “15 Ingredients Every Kitchen Should Have at all times

    1. Mary
      January 6, 2011 at 5:51 PM

      I had to open this to see if all 15 things were going to be various kinds of bacon!

      • Anonymous
        January 7, 2011 at 5:50 PM

        LOL, you know me too well :D

    2. January 6, 2011 at 11:42 PM

      I’ve got all but shallots..but I do have 4 lbs of bacon. Doesn’t that count for something? I mean, how did you not include BACON on your list? :)

      • Anonymous
        January 7, 2011 at 5:49 PM

        That counts for a LOT

    3. Demmk4
      January 7, 2011 at 12:15 AM

      add red or white wine..

    4. January 7, 2011 at 5:28 PM

      The wine is sort of assumed in my house, probably Rick’s as well. Making 300-400 bottles each year means I am never without!nnGreat list to get people thinking about being able to cook in a pinch!nnJason

      • Anonymous
        January 7, 2011 at 5:49 PM

        You are right on…wine is assumed 100% :)

    5. April 22, 2011 at 2:04 AM

      Got it all…! Always ready to prepare something new & exciting to eat! ;)

    6. April 23, 2011 at 11:09 PM

      I’d say either shallot or onion on the “essentials” list – and add a grating cheese of some sort, i.e. pecorino romano.

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