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Essential Ingredients

If you don't have this stuff, you're screwed

Just like the Equipment List, this is a compilation of must-have and nice-to-have stuff. Print this out, take it with you, and track this stuff down like the hunter-gatherer that you are. Yes, I know, some of these items will sound stupidly obvious, but we've got to start somewhere, aside from the normal assortment of fruits, veggies, meats, and such. Once you have these essential items at your disposal, you'll find whipping up meals a cinch. Oh crap, I think I just sounded like Martha Stewart. Uh, better yet, just think of it as a complete auto parts store on hand for an engine rebuild or any major work on your truck. Nice recovery, eh?

A. The LIST

The Basics  [more detailed info]

  1. Flour.
  2. Sugar.
  3. Honey.
  4. Maple syrup.
  5. Butter.
  6. Vegetable shortening.
  7. Eggs.
  8. Heavy Cream.
  9. Buttermilk.
  10. Cornstarch
  11. Baking powder and baking soda.
  12. Cocoa.
  13. Whole dry powdered milk.
  14. Sweetened condensed milk.
  15. Raisins.
  16. Oatmeal.
  17. Plain yogurt.
  18. Preserves and Jam.
  19. Nuts.
  20. Rice.
  21. Pasta.
  22. Cans of crushed tomatoes.
  23. Tofu.
  24. Bacon.
  25. Canned salmon.
  26. Some dried mushrooms.
  27. Hard cheese.
  28. Stock.

Spices, Herbs, and such  [more detailed info]

  1. Salt.
  2. Pepper.
  3. Onions.
  4. Garlic.
  5. Ginger.
  6. Marjoram, Rosemary, Basil, and Oregano.
  7. Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Allspice, Cloves, Coriander.
  8. Colman's dry mustard.
  9. Old Bay seasoning.
  10. Paprika.
  11. Natural extracts.
  12. Horseradish.

Oils, vinegars, et al  [more detailed info]

  1. Olive oil.
  2. Vegetable or canola oil.
  3. Lemon oil.
  4. Toasted sesame oil.
  5. Truffle oil.
  6. Balsamic vinegar.
  7. White vinegar.
  8. Cognac and rum.
  9. Soy Sauce.
  10. Gravy master.
  11. Liquid smoke.
  12. Dry Marsala wine.
  13. Sweet Marsala wine.
  14. Dry sherry.


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