Qualifirst Foods Pantry Essentials

We peeked into the pantries of great chefs across the globe and couldn’t resist sharing their secrets. These versatile everyday essentials are the best available and deserve a spot on your pantry shelf.

BALSAMIC VINEGAR IGP

Balsamic vinegar is produced using a traditional and complex recipe and aging process. This balsamic is a good culinary workhorse, possessing the aromatic qualities and dark, caramelized colour and flavour of an aged vinegar. Balsamic Vinegar is good in vinaigrettes with grilled vegetables, in marinades for pork or reduced to a glaze and used as a garnish. It is delicious to deglaze a saucepan when preparing a rich meat sauce for beef or duck. Used sparingly it is excellent on ripe strawberries.

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BLACK PEPPERCORN GRINDER

Stimulate your appetite by grinding your own organic black peppercorns. Drogheria certified Organic Black Peppercorns are fresh, pungent and sharp tasting, characteristic of a quality pepper taste. They are grown under conditions where the soil has been free of pesticides, herbicides and artificial fertilizers for at least five years. They come in thick, glass bottle that contains its own built-in grinder for ease and convenience!

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GARLIC MILL GRINDER

The convenience of making your own quality organic ground garlic! Drogheria dehydrated organic garlic, packed in its own grinder, is an alternative to sourcing organic garlic cloves. What is organic garlic? Organic garlic is grown under conditions where the soil has not been treated with pesticides, hebicides or chemical fertilizers for at least five years and under strict supervision of a certifying agency.

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AOC HERBS DE PROVENCE

This is AUTHENTIC Herbes de Provence Blend! These herbs are guaranteed from Provence with shelf life the best in the market. We guarantee that this blend contains: 28% Oregano, 28% Rosemary, 28% Savoury, 19% Thyme, 3% Basil. We guarantee the origin and we guarantee the quality. Delicious on grilled vegetables, grilled fruit, and roasted potatoes. Great add to marinades for olives, cheese, and meats.

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KOSHER SALT

Larger than table salt but much smaller than rock salt, Kosher Salt is flaky, coarse and hangs around longer and more resistant to instant dissolving. You'll see some cookies topped up with kosher salt for that punch of flavour. A kitchen staple for seasoning used by professional chefs and discerning amateurs. Use as a general all-purpose seasoning and is wonderful sprinkled on french fries or sweet potato fries. Kosher Salt is excellent in dill pickles, in brines for turkey or chicken, and for curing meats and fish such as salmon or trout.

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MALDON SEA SALT FLAKES

Why do celebrity chefs like Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson and great home cooks everywhere make Maldon Sea Salt Flakes their salt of choice? It's natural, traditional, ancient and modern all at the same time! It is salt as it should be...hand-harvested pure sea salt with the distinctive large crystalline flakes. It is exceptional as a finishing salt on grilled meats. It adds good savoury flavour and crunch when sprinkled on salads and amps up the delicious in sweet treats such as chocolates and caramels.

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ARBEQUINA EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

This superior extra virgin olive oil adds the sizzle to salads, veggies and pasta dishes – and a gold award winner many times over! This olive oil is a single estate, single variety olive oil made from hand-picked olives grown from Arbequina trees in eastern Andalusia (Spain). They are manufactured to exceptional stringent standards that promote the quality Castelanotti is known for. Rich green and golden in colour with deliciously fruity and fresh aroma, it has a slightly bitter taste that gives way to the most satisfying olive flavour.

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SMOKED SWEET PAPRIKA

Spain's most famous oak-smoked paprika...it's the prince of paprikas! A secret ingredient in many Spanish dishes, this paprika is made from freshly harvested peppers smoked over oak wood for 15 days. It has a deep rust-red colour and a slighty sweet and intense smoke flavour. La Dalia began producing paprika and spices in 1913 and has been putting flavour on the table for more than 100 years. Sweet Smoked Paprika is delicious in Paella, on roasted potatoes, in stews with pork or chicken, in sausages, and on fish or shellfish for grilling.

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VILUX CIDER VINEGAR

Cider Vinegar (apple cider vinegar or ACV) deserves a home in your medicine cabinet and your kitchen cupboard! Cider Vinegar not only has numberless health benefits but it also is a delicious all-purpose vinegar with a tangy and fruity taste. This Cider Vinegar makes a superb vinaigrette when combined with Dijon or honey mustard and grape seed oil, for over finely shredded cabbage and coleslaw ingredients.

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DIJON MUSTARD EXTRA STRONG

You can’t eat this right off the spoon! This “Extra Strong” Dijon packs a powerful heat kick. Vilux Dijon Extra Strong has a golden colour, smooth and creamy texture with a high mustard seed content which gives it that hot and powerful taste! Ready to enjoy as a condiment on sandwiches, hors d'oeuvres, smoked meats, and sausages. Use it also in French vinaigrette, mayonnaise, and addition to barbecue sauce for grilled pork and chicken.

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DIJON GRAINY MUSTARD

Enjoy the crunch of the soft bursting mustard seeds in Vilux Dijon Grainy Mustard! The ceramic pot evokes the tradition of French excellence in mustard preparation. Whole black mustard seeds bring spice and pungency to this traditional French mustard while the whole seeds, preserved in vinegar, give the mustard its most prized quality. Use it like regular Dijon mustard, as a condiment for grilled meats and sausages, a flavouring in a marinade, sauce or salad dressing, or to make a delicious crust for a roast leg of lamb or prime rib!

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