I don’t know about you but my pantry is out of control.
There are pestos, frozen kaffir leaves, and stocks bulging out of freezer drawers. Little jars of unfinished sauces linger in the fridge. Costco bags of nuts, frozen berries, and fish snooze in the chest freezer downstairs.
And don’t even ask how many kinds of oils and vinegars I keep in the cupboard in a Lazy Susan, along with soy sauces and other bottled goods. A second cupboard harbors cans of fish, boxes of cous cous and dried beans and mushrooms. Not to mention all my teas, spices, and dried fruit that fill a third. That’s six pantries in all. You might be guilty of the same excesses.
That’s why it it was fun for a pantry freak like me to work on The Good Pantry: Homemade Foods & Mixes Lower in Sugar, Salt & Fat. I wrote the front matter, headnotes and tip boxes for Cooking Light. They were in charge of the recipes.
Let me tell you why you might enjoy a free copy:
- The recipes (cereals, baking mixes, make-ahead doughs, cheeses, jams, condiments, snacks, stocks and sauces) are created and tested by professionals in Cooking Light’s test kitchen, so you know they work.
- Editors judged the dishes based on taste, while developers created dishes lower in saturated fat, salt and sugar. They’ve done all the work on your behalf to make healthier recipes, almost entirely without artificial ingredients.
- Make things you might normally purchase, without all the unpronounceable chemicals. Like Cheese Nips. A crunchy salt fix in a box, right? There’s recipe for them in this book, with pronounceable ingredients. Not to mention recipes for lemon curd, mayonnaise, tartar sauce and pesto with reduced sodium and without all the thickeners and cheap fillers.
My favorite part of writing this book was researching how to stock a pantry. Did you know that your fridge has different temperatures? It’s coldest on the bottom and warmest on the door. Or that the longer you keep kale, the more bitter it gets? Or that peanut oil lasts three years but sesame oil lasts one?
The winner, chosen at random, is Noreen Gilletz at No. 75. Comments are closed.