This may be obvious to you, but a well-stocked pantry is essential. Especially, during these days of “social distancing”, when going to the grocery is like going out to a war zone. Like most of you out there, my pantry consists of the usual suspects-pasta, brownie mix, canned corn, canned tuna, chicken stock, canned tomatoes, pickles, etc. A few more things that I always on hand are jarred sauces. I used to hate using pre-packed sauces, they were full of sodium and preservatives and I most certainly sis not care for. However, the necessity for cooking hearty meals in a flash lead me to explore some brands and I have settled on a few that are relatively on the healthier side. They are also a couple bucks more expensive, so I always stock up on them when they go on sale. Here are a few jars that you will always find in my pantry.
Indian: Patak’s Simmer sauces. I have tried most of the varieties of their but Patak’s Tikka Masala, Jalfrezi, Biriyani paste, and Rogan Josh are the best. Here are some of the recipes I have made with them:
Asian: For a delicious stir-fry, Tsang’s stir-fry sauces are the best, because they have the least amount of sugar. I usually by the Teriyaki, Classic or Szechuan Sauce. Here are my stir-fry recipes
Mexican: Jarred pickled jalapenos and Salsa Verde are must-haves for my Chicken chili recipe. I look for the Culinary Tours brand.
Italian: I always buy the Victoria brand of tomato basil sauce. Even “America’s test kitchen” vouched for this brand. I don’t have to tell you how to use pasta sauce, but my favorite use is to make chicken parm or use it as a dipping sauce for eggplant cutlets.