Yes, you'll need certain pantry staples on hand. These—plus a few tips and recommendations—are listed below.
A splash of vinegar’s acidity helps brighten flavors. We recommend keeping apple cider, white wine, red wine, and balsamic vinegars in your pantry.
For cooking at high temperatures, such as stir-frying or shallow frying, we like vegetable, grapeseed, or safflower oil.
A quality olive oil should taste great on its own because you won’t just be using it for sauteing and frying. It’s also used for vinaigrettes and drizzling over finished dishes.
Sweet and tangy flavors make ketchup a great condiment, and also a subtle flavor enhancer for some sauces.
Salt & Pepper
Season with coarse kosher salt (we recommend Diamond Crystal brand) and freshly ground pepper for maximum flavor.
Keep an eye out for unbleached, all-purpose flour. Fluff it up with a fork to ensure there are no clumps before measuring.
Sugar works to balance out a dish. We generally reach for raw or white sugar.
We opt for full-fat milk for a light creaminess in sauces and mashed potatoes, but a low-fat milk will also work.
There’s no real substitute for the flavor you get from a little bit of good quality butter. That can be either salted or unsalted - your choice.
The humble egg is a pantry staple. Any color will do. We always use large eggs.