Pantry Essentials

Preparing delicious gourmet inspired dishes is easy when you have the right ingredients in your pantry.  Just a quick stop at the grocers or your local farmer's market should be all you need to assemble a first class meal or an appetizer tray for an impromptu get-together.  Pantry staples, such as gourmet oils and vinegars, sea salt and sea salt blends, jars of sumptuous pesto and tangy tapenades combine to make everyday cooking fun, flavorful and fast. 

Whether you are selecting a bottle of your first gourmet olive oil or sea salt for a Basic Cooks Pantry or olive oil and jars of pesto for a Mediterranean Pantry, The Posh Gourmet is dedicated to helping you assemble the right ingredients for the style of cooking you enjoy.  Remember --  that ingoing quality helps ensure the final outcome will be delish -- that is why we only sell the best quality ingredients we can find. 

Cans and jars of ingredients should taste, smell, and look as good as if you had labored over a hot stove for hours.  Jars of Basil Pesto should  be an appealing green in color and smell of basil  and Parmesan cheese.  Olive Oil should have a lively aroma.  That's why we taste every product before we offer it to our customers. 

The Basic Cooks Pantry - you'll use these basic ingredients over and over again

  • Bulk Sea Salt or Kosher Salt - everyday grind
  • Citrus Sea Salt
  • Celery Sea Salt
  • Peppered Salt
  • One or two additional Sea Salt Blends of your choice
  • A good quality Dijon-style Mustard - Cooks Illustrated gave classic Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard a thumbs up
  • Black Peppercorns and adjustable grinder
  • Good quality butter (store a few cubes in the freezer so you will always have some on hand)
  • Good quality everyday all-purpose Olive Oil
  • Gourmet quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Basic assortment of dried herbs - oregano, thyme, sage, rosemary, bay leaves,
  • Corn starch (for thickening)
  • All purpose flour (for Roux and thickening gravies and sauces)

Links to Products:  Sea Salts & Seasonings  |  Gourmet Olive Oils  |  Balsamic Vinegars

The Mediterranean Pantry - add these foods and ingredients to the Basic Pantry

  • Aged Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
  • Basil Pesto
  • Olive tapenade
  • Assorted dried herbs and spices - basil, capers,
  • Tomato products - diced, sauce, paste
  • Assorted pasta - penne, spaghetti, fettuccine
  • Good quality pasta sauce
  • Dried figs
  • Dried mushrooms
  • Fig Balsamic Vinegar
  • Garlic or Basil Gourmet Quality Oils
  • Bread Dipping Oil - one or more as a dip for warm chunks of country bread
  • High quality Olive Oil
  • Polenta
  • Arborio Rice
  • Marinated Sun-dried Tomatoes

Links to Products:  Sea Salts & Seasonings  |  Gourmet Olive Oils  |  Flavored Gourmet Oils  |  Balsamic Vinegars  |  Fruit or Wine Vinegars  |  Pestos  |  Tapenades  |  Bread Dipping Oils

The California Wine Country Pantry - add these foods and ingredients to the Basic Pantry

  • Wine Vinegar - Champagne, Cabernet, or other vinegars made from varietals
  • Flavored Grape Seed Oils
  • Wine based grilling sauces and marinades - Blackberry Grilling Sauce, Citrus Soy Marinade
  • Bread Dipping Oil - one or more for dipping bread and for sautéing meats, fish, and chicken and a base for marinades and dressings.

Links to Products:  Grilling Sauces and Marinades  |  Flavored Grapeseed Oils  |  Balsamic Vinegars  |   Tapenades  |  Pestos  |  Champagne & Wine Vinegars   |   Bread Dipping Oils

The Gourmet Pantry - add these foods and ingredients to the Basic Pantry

  • Dried mushrooms - to add to sauces and a wide assortment of dishes
  • Marinated Sundried Tomatoes
  • Infused Olive Oils and Grapeseed Oils - citrus, hot pepper, basil, garlic
  • Champagne Vinegar, fruit based vinegar
  • Assorted jars of Pestos & Tapenades - basil, artichoke, sun dried tomato, Tuscan olive, red pepper
  • Sea salt assortment - Fleur de Sel
  • Pepper assortment -  whole black pepper for grinding, white pepper, and at least 1 specialty assortment
  • Bread Dipping Oil - 1 or more for dipping bread, sautéing, salads

Links to Products:  Flavored Gourmet Oils  |  Champagne & Wine Vinegars  |  Bread Dipping Oils  |  Tapenades  |  Pestos |   Peppers, Sea Salts & Seasonings 


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