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7 essential condiments to make room for in your fridge

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7 essential condiments to make room for in your fridge

Besides the obvious ketchup, mayonnaise, and horseradish, here are the condiments you need to make room for in your fridge, if you haven't already. Sriracha (or another Asian chili sauce) - A spicy mix of chili peppers, vinegar, garlic, sugar and salt that gives any dish a kick. Use it as a dipping sauce, drizzled on eggs or fried rice, added to mayo for a spicy sandwich spread, or in these Hoisin Meatballs Lettuce Cups with Spicy Slaw. hoisin meatball lettuce cups Tahini - I have talked about Tahini in the past, and it is one of my favourite ingredients. Made from ground sesame seeds, it is the key to a great tasting hummus, and with a little red wine vinegar and maple syrup, makes a delicious salad dressing. Tahini is also great mixed with yogurt and lemon juice for a nutty, earthy dipping sauce. Maple Syrup - Not only for your morning pancakes and waffles, good quality maple syrup should be a staple in any Canadian home. Next time, try maple syrup in more savoury dishes like Maple-Glazed Squash and Sausages or use our Creamy Maple Mustard Basting Sauce brushed on chicken or pork. Traditionalists will also enjoy our Maple Fudge. maple-fudge Dijon Mustard - Although yellow mustard is great on hot dogs and hamburgers, the slightly more spicy Dijon mustard is a powerhouse in the kitchen. Used in anything from sandwiches, added to gravy, stirred into polenta, or as an emulsifier, bringing oil and vinegar together in many classic vinaigrettes. Warning, buy a large jar of Dijon mustard because you will start adding it to everything. Fish Sauce - Essential to making great Thai food at home, fish sauce lends a fishy (in a good way), salty, umami, flavour to many dishes. Try a Thai Vegetable Curry, or Red Curry Pork Tenderloin to get your self familiar with it's flavours. Tip: buy a small bottle since a little goes a long way! Worcestershire Sauce - Call it the British fish sauce, Worcestershire (if you can pronounce it) is less fishy tasting that Thai fish sauce, but it imparts the same earthy, umami to meat. Burgersstewscaesar salad or this Classic Beef Meatloaf all do well with a dash or two of Worcestershire. classic beef meat loaf Oyster Sauce - Traditionally oyster sauce is simply reduced oyster liquor, but the one you will find at the grocery store is usually made with oyster extract. Still, this thick, dark, savoury sauce brings any  dish a distinct flavour and is essential for making a great tasting  stir-fry and flavouring  meats or vegetables. Follow me on Twitter. Photography by Jeff Coulson (top & bottom) and Ryan Szulc (middle)
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