CS Fishery Oregon Albacore Tuna
Unlike supermarket tuna, which can be mealy or soggy, CS Fishery's product is wonderfully dense and flaky—you can tell this is tuna meat. The fresh, mild and meaty fish is packed in olive oil and seasoned with Jacobsen sea salt, made from the same waters from which the fish are caught. This is premium American tuna—with a clear supply chain—at a reasonable price.
Little Apple Treats Original Apple Cider Vinegar
Produced from hand-picked apples, not the low-grade and windfall apples most companies use, and aged in oak barrels for two years before bottling, Little Apple Treats cider is bright and sharp, with a bold apple flavor and subtle caramel tones contributed by the barrel aging. This is the best American apple cider vinegar we’ve tasted, every bit on par with the fancy, expensive French stuff from Normandy.
Blank Slate Kitchen Sichuan Chili Oil
Fragrant Sichuan chili oil is as common in Chinese restaurants as ketchup is in American diners. Blank Slate's Kitchen small-batch rendition pairs the heat of chili with zesty ginger and aromatic shallots and garlic for an especially bright flavor.
Vain Vanilla Original Baker's Blend Pure Vanilla Extract
This small-batch vanilla extract from Kansas-based Vain Vanilla is prepared completely by hand using only the best ingredients. The Original Baker's Blend is made with top-shelf rum that emphasizes vanilla's sweet characteristics and adds its own cane-sugar dimension. We especially love that Vain Vanilla leaves its vanilla pods in the bottle, which has two benefits. First, over time the extract will continue to deepen in color and become more complex as the pods release more flavor compounds. Second, when you're done with the vanilla extract, you can still slice open the pods and use the beans themselves in your desserts.
SeaBags Fish Stock
Made only with wild-caught cod and haddock, organic onion and organic parsley root, this fish stock is fresh-tasting, full of rich seafood flavor and easier to use than other packaged options: 1 tablespoon is equivalent to 1 cup of stock, no large batches or ratio guesswork required.
Two Pigs Farm Grade A Dark Maple Syrup
After 20 years of boiling syrup, our Vermont farm, Two Pigs Farm, is selling off its sugaring equipment and offering the remaining inventory of syrup for sale. Every spring, we make our Dark Maple Syrup from fresh, filtered sap and bottle it in glass bottles to keep the flavor pure. I prefer Dark syrup, which has more maple flavor and is made from late-season sap: As the temperatures warm, trees start to bud out and the sap contains more organic compounds, which turn the syrup darker. It's got a rich, full body and a great depth of flavor so it's not cloyingly sweet. We only have a very limited inventory of these half-liter bottles of Two Pigs Dark Maple Syrup—get yours while supplies last. — Christopher Kimball
Burlap & Barrel Royal Cinnamon
Also known as Saigon cinnamon, Royal Cinnamon is a hard-to-find heirloom variety that comes from the mountains of central Vietnam. Our recipe developers agreed it was the sweetest and brightest cinnamon we have ever tasted, with an aroma you can smell from across the room. It's clean-flavored and boldly spicy-sweet, yet with a delicate quality. To fully appreciate its flavor, we recommend trying Royal Cinnamon first in simple applications.
Jacobsen Salt Co. Infused Black Garlic Salt
We love the deep savoriness and subtle fermented funk of this infused black garlic salt, whose every component is made in-house by Jacobsen Salt Co. near Portland, Oregon. Aged for two to three months in controlled heat and humidity until it undergoes the Maillard reaction (the same phenomenon that gives seared meats their umami flavor), black garlic is more mellow than raw garlic, with caramelized notes and a delicate balance between sweet and savory. Jacobsen Salt Co. grounds black garlic into a powder and mixes with the company's flaky, hand-harvested Pacific sea salt.
Traditionally produced in India, ghee is made by slowly cooking butter to remove the moisture and butter solids to produce a pure, buttery fat with a high smoke point. This Connecticut-made, shelf-stable ghee, made from the milk of grass-fed cows. The Traditional Ghee has a particularly clear, buttery flavor that makes it ideal for sautéing fish and shellfish, chicken and delicate vegetables. We love it melted and tossed with popcorn (without any water content, it keeps the popcorn crisp and light). The subtle, garlicky flavor of the Garlic Scape ghee (butter cooked long enough to remove its moisture and solids) is perfect for sautéing vegetables, greens and chicken, or smearing across toast or crisping up a grilled-cheese sandwich. Its great on popcorn (paired with salt, pepper and pinch of cayenne), tossed with warm buttered noodles and Parmesan or drizzled on soft, creamy polenta, where its rich flavor can truly be savored.
Net Weight: 9 ounces
India Tree Dark Muscovado Sugar
Conventional brown sugar is simply white, refined sugar moistened with molasses. On the other hand, raw muscovado sugar has a rich, earthy and almost smoky flavor, as well as a high molasses content. India Tree’s moist-textured variety, processed in Mauritius, can be substituted for dark brown sugar in any recipe (we tested this) or used to add extra flavor to coffee, tea or cocktails (perfect in an Old Fashioned).
Lamson 8-Inch Chinese Vegetable Cleaver
An American-made version of the classic Chinese-style cleaver, this knife can make quick work of everything from vegetables to fine herbs to a full chicken. The blade is handcrafted from high-carbon stainless steel, which is known for its strength and resistance to corrosion, and is ground with an 18- to 20-degree angle for more edge durability. Plus, the blade belly is gently curved unlike many other Chinese cleavers, so it’s ideal for rock chopping and mincing. The barrel handle carved from ultrahard walnut is comfortable and well-suited to any hand size, and it’s impermeable to water damage. The blade also features double-sided edging—so it works well for left and right hand users.
Bitter Housewife Cardamom Bitters
We like our cocktails and our cardamom. In this case, we get both at once, along with a surprising savory element in these handcrafted bitters from Portland, Oregon. The husky, minty flavor of cardamom pairs particularly well with spicy bourbon or earthy rum. We think these bitters might make the perfect Old Fashioned and add a new dimension to a Dark and Stormy. Beyond cocktails, these bitters are a terrific way to add easy flavor to whipped cream, caramel sauce, rice pudding or a pot of oatmeal.
Big Island Bees 'Ohi'a Lehua Honey
This honey's airy, melt-in-your-mouth texture is great right off the spoon; mixed with butter or nut butters; or spread on toast, biscuits and cakes.
SAVA Trading Co. 100% Pure Madagascar Vanilla Extract
You'll never taste a vanilla extract like this: SAVA's Madagascar Vanilla Extract has a rounded smoothness and woody, earthy complexity that far surpass the medicinal, artificial-tasting extracts you'll find at the supermarket. In fact, the creamy-rich extract tastes on par with high-quality vanilla pastes we've tried—it truly captures the essence of a whole vanilla bean. The company partners with Malagasy farmers in Madagascar's northeastern Sava region, famous for its vanilla production, to source sustainably grown vanilla beans picked at peak maturity. By cutting out middleman costs, SAVA is able to directly pay farmers above-market prices for their premium vanilla and support local village economies.
Knapp Made Chainmail Dishcloth Scrubber
If you’re sick of struggling to remove stuck food from your pans, skillets and Dutch ovens, Knapp's patented Chainmail Dishcloth is the tool for you. The tightly woven stainless steel “fabric” has a rough enough texture to take on the most stubborn stuck-on bits but also won't damage cast-iron seasoning. Knapp's product features a larger chainmail link in one corner so you can hang it up to dry and keep it in top condition. Note that this scrubber is intended for Pyrex, cast iron, carbon steel and stainless steel pans; it will damage non-stick pans or other delicate surfaces. Try it on your grill as well—it works wonders on the grubbiest grate.
Jacobsen Salt Co. Pure Kosher Sea Salt
Jacobsen Salt Co.’s Pure Kosher Sea Salt is wonderful as a finishing salt—but it can do so much more. It has a smaller grain than the company's signature flaky sea salt, which makes it a perfect go-to alternative for table salt in recipes: It weighs just a tad less than table salt, so the volumes are almost equivalent, yet it's easier to pick up by hand and sprinkle into dishes than table salt (which is why all Milk Street recipes call for kosher salt). The company hand-harvests every single grain of salt from the Netarts Bay in northern Oregon, so this bright, clean-flavored sea salt has an even consistency ideal for cooking, baking or pickling, in addition to finishing sprinkles.
Burlap & Barrel Tanzanian Ground Cinnamon Verum
This single-origin Ground Cinnamon Verum from the Zanzibar islands is Ceylon cinnamon, also known as true cinnamon for its superior quality, delicate flavor and health benefits. We love how the aroma is noticeably sweeter and more floral than conventional cassia cinnamon—this product is also fresher than other brands we've tasted, so you can fully appreciate its unique characteristics.
Hayden Flour Mills Artisan Bread Flour
This bread flour is stone-milled in small batches so it's incredibly fresh and has an enticing nutty aroma, robust flavor. A naturally high protein content that makes for a chewier texture, and the flour's complexity is unmatched by conventional flour brands.