where can I find the best list of spices,oils and vinegar to keep stocked for cooking

I really want to prevent running to the store every other day to purchase items I think I should have on hand

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sexyLAMBCHOPx
sexyLAMBCHOPx March 21, 2014

Here's a F52 article to get you started. I couldn't imagine not having Kosher salt (Crystal brand), pepper (freshly ground), apple cider vinegar, white wine & red vinegars (and good ol' distilled white - Heinz), extra virgin olive oil, olive oil, vegetable & canola oil. Also, mustard, Dijon, country style & plain yellow. Also, low sodium soy sauce or tamari, worstchire, balsamic vinegar, franks red hot sauce and many specialty Asian type paste/sauces. Canned tomatoes, real maple syrup, Hellman's mayonnaise & sugar. whew, im sure there's more but just to get ya going. Consider the ethnicity of the foods/dishes you enjoy and make sure you have those spices as well. Have fun shopping!

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sexyLAMBCHOPx March 21, 2014

oh & ketchup - Here's the link: http://food52.com/blog...

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Briget L
Briget L March 21, 2014

Thanks so much, I really appreciate it.

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sexyLAMBCHOPx
sexyLAMBCHOPx March 21, 2014

No problem! I cook a lot with capers and anchovies as well and usually have a tube of tomato paste in the fridge.

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Maedl
Maedl March 21, 2014

What kind of recipes do you cook? What ethnic foods are in your repertoire? Look at your preferences and build a list from them.

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petitbleu
petitbleu March 21, 2014

I would say that it really depends on your cooking habits. If it's not an item that you use regularly, there's no point in keeping it around. This is especially true for spices and dried herbs, which lose their strength if they sit around too long. For a basic list, I recommend keeping EVOO, a neutral-tasting oil for high-heat cooking, apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, black peppercorns, kosher salt, red pepper flakes, dried thyme, rosemary, marjoram, and oregano, smoked paprika, aleppo pepper (I know, I know--it's more of a specialty item, but we use it all the time--it's exceptional on anything from pizza to fried eggs), cumin seed, coriander seed, bay leaf, a good, homemade curry powder or masala, capers, anchovies, tomato paste, dijon mustard (whole grain and smooth), etc. It's also a good idea to stock lemons and parsley at all times. We use a ton of both--there's nothing like fresh lemon juice and a handful of parsley to brighten up a dish that's too heavy-tasting or dull. We also always have cilantro and scallions around, but we cook a lot of Vietnamese and Thai food. It all depends on what you like to cook. Hope this helps a bit!

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ChefJune
ChefJune March 21, 2014

sexylambchopx list is a lot like mine would be. As for specific dried herbs/spices, what you need to keep on hand depends greatly upon what types of cuisines you prefer to cook/eat. Dried Herbes de Provence is an essential ingredient in my pantry, as are capers, anchovies and Panko breadcrumbs. Other than soy sauce and oyster sauce, I don't have many Asian items as I rarely cook Asian. So you have to decide what you want to do.

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ATG117
ATG117 March 22, 2014

My barebones list would be: extra virgin olive oil, grapeseed oil, red wine vinegar, soy sauce, honey, pure grade B maple syrup, ground cinnamon, cinnamon sticks, whole nutmeg, cumin, coriander, cayenne or sriracha, diamond kosher salt (!!!), fresh black pepper, dijon mustard (maille or grey pompon), good oil-packed anchovies, garlic, onions

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ATG117
ATG117 March 22, 2014

Oh, and canned tomatoes and tomato paste

DonnaCrocker
DonnaCrocker March 22, 2014

Penzeys spices is a reliable source for quality spices

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LE BEC FIN
LE BEC FIN March 23, 2014

If you want to keep costs down and you have Whole Foods or health food stores near you, you can often find bulk spices whic you put in your own jars. TONS cheaper than other sources. I do think spices/herbs are one of the biggest rip offs in grocery stores.

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