6 Condiments to Always Have at Home & How to Use Them

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6 Condiments to Always Have at Home & How to Use Them

Today we are taking the time to ask Celebrity Personal Chef Caroline Smile about the indispensable ingredients every kitchen should have. Stocking up on these six condiments are a great start toward preparing your own delicious meals at home.

1. Soy Sauce

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You may be used to getting this in the little packets at Chinese restaurants, but you probably never realized how important it was to keep some in the kitchen. Did you know that it is a key ingredient in making the most mind-blowing steak that you have ever had?

Chef Caroline Smile says,

“Think of soy sauces as another form of salt. Consider using it in quick marinades to make teriyaki or to add a zip to your noodle or rice dishes.” 

The Sirloin Steak with Garlic-Soy Infusion by David Olsen uses soy sauce during the searing process to create a savory sauce that will make you toss out your A1 and Heinz 57.

2. Dijon Mustard

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While you may be used to keeping yellow mustard around the house, dijon mustard may have been too strong for you.

While it may be a little much when spread on a piece a bread, this full-flavored condiment can create classic dishes that make you feel like you are eating them again for the first time.

Healthy Living Expert Keri Glassman has partnered with us to create this Dijon Salmon and Roasted Asparagus kit that underscored just how great dijon can be when used in the right amounts.

3. Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt

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You may already be using this tasty and healthy topping as a dressing for salads or Mexican dishes, but did you know that it is a secret ingredient that bakers use to moisten their tastiest creations?

Melissa d'Arabian swears by sour cream as an essential topping for her Hot Chocolate Sponge Pudding and after you take your first bite of this rich dessert you will understand why.

Greek yogurt is an amazing substitute for sour cream, with a distinct flavor and similar consistency.

4. Hot Sauce

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Feel the burn.

No matter how spicy you like your food, we can all agree that some dishes just are not the same without a little dash of the hot stuff.

Caroline is on a mission to evangelize for this often-misunderstood member of any decent cupboard, saying

“What some people forget is that it adds depth to the flavor, not just heat. From mild to spicy, you can’t go wrong because they all add depth to dishes. You really can’t go wrong. Find one you like and have fun with it.” 

One good place to start is our BBQ Pork Ramen, a product of Japan's premier noodle company Hakubaku that deepens the natural flavor of the pork with a shot of hot sauce. Whether it is just a dash in a bloody mary mix or a drizzle over a sweet dessert, the applications of a good hot sauce are limited only by your imagination.

5. Jam, Jelly, or Chutney

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We know that you already have this one on hand, but it isn't just for sandwiches anymore. Caroline loves the uses that you can find for jams and jellies outside the bread.

“You can use jam for savory dishes, such as roasted chicken or pork loins as well—not just for peanut butter. We’re not talking berries here—add to your roast chicken or even vegetables for a little added flavor that isn’t overbearing.”

Apple jelly is the unexpected ingredient in BBQ legend Myron Mixon's Smoked Baby Back Ribs, making a sweet and sticky sauce that clings to the ribs just as much as they will your taste buds.

6. Barbecue Sauce

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Speaking of barbecue, what cupboard would be complete without a healthy helping of BBQ sauce? Thanks to The Coca-Cola company, we have the perfect meal kit to take advantage of this most hearty of all condiments. These Beef Short Rib Tacos with Spicy Chipotle BBQ Sauce and Avocado paired with a refreshing Coke will make you a true believer that happiness has a taste and you have experienced it.