June 5, 2015 – Not sure which culinary staples to keep stocked in your fridge? We asked the ALDI Test Kitchen chefs to share their expertise on must-have items for a killer kitchen.
Butter, or butter substitute
“I like to use butter for a variety of applications whether it be baking or savory cooking. Since it has an extremely long shelf life, it’s great to keep on hand.”
Giardiniera, or pickled peppers
“I love spicy and this pairs well with the impromptu barbeque (brats, chicken sausages or burgers) or order-in pizza night.”
“Use a little lemon juice instead of adding more salt – the acid will bring out the freshness and brightness of the foods. When used in marinades, it penetrates the protein to add more flavor. It can also be used in vinaigrettes, and when placed atop cooked vegetables, it helps maintain brightness, freshness and flavor.”
“Raw, sautéed or roasted – each way has a unique flavor profile which makes it one of the most versatile items in your fridge that can be used in a variety of cuisines.”
“Eggs are an essential in my kitchen because they are so versatile. Eggs are a great source of lean protein, great for breakfast, lunch, an afternoon snack or baking.”
“Who doesn’t love it on bagels? Plus, it’s a great medium for flavored dessert toppings or crepe filling.”
“This can be used as a reduction, in vinaigrettes or as part of a marinade. It’s a very versatile vinegar.”
“A necessity for dipping when kids are around, ketchup has many other uses. Use it as an ingredient in barbeque sauce or homemade salad dressings. I like to put it in meatloaf for flavor and moisture.”
“I use onions as a base for almost everything savory I cook. I love the flavor that comes from onions in the background. Sautéed on burgers or roasted for a vegetable dish, they make great additions to any meal.”
What go-to items do you always have in your fridge? Tell us in the comments!
*This is a Seasonal item that is only in stores for a limited time and may no longer be available.