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The One Non-negotiable Food Item In Your Kitchen


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Inspired by Fat Guy's thread "Life is too short to do it the right way..." I thought I'd post a slightly different question. What is the one ingredient in your kitchen that there is no wiggle room for?

In my kitchen it is butter only - you'll never find a stick of margarine hanging around here.

What's your one or single most important non-negotiable food item in your kitchen?

Porthos Potwatcher
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Orange pekoe for me - Dilmah these days. And milk to go with it - 1% - somehow the other percentages just don't taste right! Butter as well - while I will use margarine in two recipes (and it's got to be the hard margarine) - only butter for veg, on bread...

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Sign me up with the 'butter' people.

I've read through other's lists and in a pinch I can think of an emergency make-do sub for everything else.

But if there's no real butter in the house, I ain't cooking.

I don't understand why rappers have to hunch over while they stomp around the stage hollering.  It hurts my back to watch them. On the other hand, I've been thinking that perhaps I should start a rap group here at the Old Folks' Home.  Most of us already walk like that.

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I've recently shifted from using butter to duck fat, including in baking. Most delicious.

ETA: My one non-negotiable is fish sauce. I really do put it in everything, from salad dressings to curries to ragouts. Everything. OK, except the baking.

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I'm off dairy so I'm using duck and goose fat, tallow, lard, coconut oil, marrow butter, foie fat and evo but I miss some good butter.

My non-negotiable food is homemade stock. I'd rather use water if I don't have it. But usually I always have some in the freezer.

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