Special Report

35 Pantry Essentials You Should Never Be Without

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26. Fine salt

Salt is simply the single most important and widely useful ingredient in any kitchen.

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27. Coarse salt

While fine salt is best for cooking and baking, coarse salt is preferable for seasoning food once it’s ready to eat.

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28. Black peppercorns

Salt’s longtime partner on dining tables, black pepper adds heat and pungent flavor to foods. Freshly ground peppercorns are best.

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29. Granulated sugar

Fine-ground sugar is not only a necessity for most baking (even bread) and a sweet addition to breakfast cereal (including oatmeal), but is called for in many savory recipes.

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30. Brown sugar

Whenever a caramelized character is called for in dishes either sweet or salty, brown sugar is the way to go.