6 Condiments Ina Garten Always Keeps in Her Pantry
Tune into any episode of Ina Garten's show, Barefoot Contessa, and it's likely you'll hear her say, "Store-bought is fine." This popular saying is Garten's way of reassuring novice cooks like myself that not everything has to be homemade (it's also the phrase that's inspired hundreds of hilarious memes). And one area in Garten's kitchen where you'll find store-bought ingredients is the pantry.
On her website, Garten has pages dedicated to the ingredients that she buys instead of makes. While she chooses to buy ingredients like De Cecco pasta and Libby's pumpkin puree, it was the common, everyday condiments that stood out to me. From vanilla extract to balsamic vinegar, check out Garten's go-to staples below and get them for your own pantry.
6 Ina-Approved Condiments
Maille Mustard, Old Style
Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract
When Ina refers to “good vanilla,” she’s talking about this exact brand of extract. Though it’s not technically a condiment, this vanilla is perfect for baking cakes and other sweet treats. If a recipe calls for another type of vanilla, i.e., bean, powder, or paste, you can use this extract as a substitution.
Buy it: Amazon, $20 for a 4-ounce bottle
Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard
Compared to Maille’s mustard, Grey Poupon’s Dijon mustard has a smoother and creamier texture. It has a spicy and sharp taste that would work well with ham or turkey. Ina loves using Dijon in her Vinaigrette for Green Salad and Chicken Thighs with Creamy Mustard Sauce.
Buy it: Amazon, $3 for an 8-ounce jar