Pantry Essentials - Basics Recipe

We’re Taking A Look At Pantry Essentials.


  • Salt
  • Pantry Coarse
  • Sea Salt
  • Crispy Sea Salt Flakes
  • Garnishing Breads
  • Pretzels
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder
  • Some Quaker Oats
  • Oatmeal
  • Vinegars
  • Apple Cider
  • White Vinegar
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Red Wine
  • Rice Wine Vinegar
  • Olive Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Canola
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Some Noodles
  • Some Elbows
  • Cheese
  • Pasta
  • Tomato Paste
  • Canned Tomatoes
  • Jams
  • Garbanzo Beans
  • Curry
  • Vegetables
  • Rice
  • Some Coconut Milk
  • Little Jar Of Red Or Green Curry
  • Red Rice Jasmine
  • Rice Basmati
  • Rice Wild
  • Rice Jade
  • Pearl Rice
  • Arborio Rice
  • Chicken Salad
  • Cookies
  • Saya Sauce
  • Sesame Oil
  • Salads Noodles



I wanted to show you a few culinary mainstays that will help you build dishes from scratch and amp up dishes in progress. Let’s get down to basics [music] basics with babish and the all-new basics with babish comm are brought to you by squarespace head there. Now to checkout recipes from the show kitchen equipment lists my personal blog posts and more get 10% off your first squarespace order with offer code babish. Whether you need a domain website or online store make your next move with squarespace. Alright guys so let’s start by taking a look at salt as you hopefully know. Now i’m a big fan of kosher salt i like diamond crystal. But morton’s is also just fine. But we want to have a variety of different kinds of salt in our pantry coarse, sea salt can be useful for garnishing breads or pretzels and malden’s giant crispy sea salt flakes are great for finishing steaks and anything you want to add a little bit of crunch to but not too much saltiness. They’re really cool and very versatile.


Now let’s talk baking ingredients obviously you gotta have the essentials always on hand. All-purpose flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, next up both for baking and for breakfast. We always want to keep some quaker oats on hand make sure you pour them directly onto your countertop as a sort of fruitless demonstration of what they look like i always keep oats on hand for cookies bread or obviously oatmeal. Now let’s talk vinegars, these have a variety of different uses and can bring a wealth of different flavors to different dishes. There’s a dizzying number of different kinds of vinegars. But these are the basics that i like to keep on hand starting with apple cider, vinegar which is slightly more mellow and apparently very good for your gi tract good old regular white vinegar of course balsamic vinegar and red wine vinegar for salads champagne vinegar has an especially light and fresh taste and of course rice wine vinegar is essential for asian cuisine. Altogether you’ve got yourself a vinegar powerhouse how about oil. These are the bare essentials in my mind olive oil for when you need lots of flavor. But not very high heat don’t cheap out on this stuff. But don’t go crazy there maybe fifteen twenty dollars is a good range. Then there’s grapeseed oil.


This has a very very high smoke point, so it’s ideal for searing and lastly canola or vegetable oil for deep frying and baking. I always keep a big jug of this stuff because you need a lot to deep-fry and this one has a great no drip spout for when you want to pour it directly down your own gullet. I’m just kidding obviously don’t do that. Now let’s take a look at some noodles. I like to keep some good straight japanese ramen noodles around for soups and stir fries and of course some elbows for spontaneous mac and cheese and whatever other kind of pasta. Pleases your palate you are after all the chef john of your lasagna sorry always keep a can of nonstick spray around for baking greasing skillets for pancakes and pointlessly shaking around. Now let us summon tomato paste essential for cooking. All manner of italian dishes and stalks tomato paste in a tube is way more convene in the stuff in the can. But cans aren’t always bad how about canned tomatoes one of the best ways to cook with tomatoes. When tomatoes are out of season i always keep a few cans of 28-ounce dop san marzano tomatoes some other can jams you always want to keep on hand black beans of course primarily for chili or po you a la plancha. You can use dried beans if you want but these are just a whole lot easier and there’s not much of a difference in quality another kind of bean.


I insist on keeping on hand is garbanzo beans these guys are great roasted and salted as a snack or whipped up into homemade hummus and if the occasion calls for a pina colada or a curry for that matter. You want to keep some coconut milk on hand not to mention a little jar of red or green curry paste with just these some vegetables and rice. You’ve got yourself a meal whoa speaking of which let’s talk about rice got to have rice on hand. At all times jasmine is a great place to start because it’s very very versatile mildly aromatic. But there’s a whole host of different kinds of rice. You might want to keep on hand red rice jasmine, rice basmati, rice wild, rice jade, pearl rice or the all-important arborio rice. Which i’m fresh out of because we just used it in a recipe. So now let’s talk about nuts, i like to keep nuts around just for any old time. You want to throw some in cookies or chicken salad or just in your stupid big mouth cornmeal.


Now so much for snacking. But as a very versatile tool, whether you’re dusting the bottom pizzas making cornbread or polenta. You can’t have enough cornmeal and don’t even get me started on grist. That’s my best joe pesci and that’s all you’re gonna get. Now let’s talk about the all-important soy sauce from its obvious uses in asian cuisine to amping up the umami of the thanksgiving gravy. This is an endlessly useful condiment not unlike wishes sure so where shush worcestershire sauce fitna is this low-sodium bush district. Let’s get some real full sodium stuff in here screw this you know. If you need it for like medical reasons, but for your next meatloaf barbecue sauce or stir fry look no further than liam parents just don’t go being a dingus and mixing it into your burger meat. Now how about some bottled balsamic reduction sure you can make this yourself. But this is really handy to have around and wonderful to spread over soft cheeses and vegetables. It took me a long time to get a pallet for this stuff, but sesame oil is really super useful in all different sorts of salads noodles and stir fries just make sure you don’t overdo it this stuff is strong.


Now to address the issue of pre-prepared stock skip the crap in the box and go for better than bullion in the jar this stuff is actually made with real chicken and beef and it smells like cat piss amongst the other funky smells in our pantry. Today should be a little jar of marmite which is just oughta lized yeast extract. So it is pure umami flavor it’s pretty gross on its own but mixed into a stew or like a turkey burger it can do wonders hope look out folks its nutritional yeast flakes. It’s very at home in mashed potatoes and scrambled eggs and makes a great parmesan substitute for your vegan friends flying in next. We got some sauce a condiment deemed essential by the internet community sri racha has taken the world by storm over the past five 10 years and with good reason it’s tasty it’s got just the right amount of heat. You might say this rush is really on a roll fish sauce is just made from anchovies. So again pure hammami huge applications and when poured directly onto your table smells really bad. As we found out on the subject hmm what do we got in here anchovy paste same deal small amounts lots of flavor andy little resealable tube.


You can keep in the fridge instead of having to crack open a tin of these every time. You want to use one what would a pantry be without honey the only foodstuff in history that never goes bad and its uses are endless. Don’t let me come over and catch you without honey in your home well guys those are some pantry essentials. I’m sure we’re gonna make a part two real soon. After i hear in the comments about everything i forgot. So i just want to talk a little bit about designing my new website with squarespace. They have this really intuitive easy-to-use platform that made it super easy even for somebody like me who’s never done web design ever they have templates. They do domains, they’ve really good customer service. It’s really an all-in-one one-stop shop who are building a really slick website and i was really happy with the way mine came out. If you want to try it for yourself you can start your free trial. Today at and enter offer code babish to get 10% off your first purchase. Thanks for listening guys i hope you liked the new site the new show and i can’t wait to cut with you next week.