Casablanca Market Preserved Lemons from Morocco
Casablanca Market's preserved lemons have a bright, balanced flavor, and they aren't overly salty or bitter like some brands. We like that they add a bold, piquant kick to dishes without being too sour, and their tender texture is perfect for chopping finely and incorporating into recipes.
Acetaia Leonardi White Balsamic Vinegar
This white balsamic from Acetaia Leonardi is aged for eight years in oak barrels, so its flavor is exceptionally smooth and rounded. We like its honeyed fruit undertones and full-bodied consistency, which comes from the aging process and is a key indicator of a vinegar's quality. The family producer has been making vinegar since 1871 and is one of the last in Modena, Italy, to grow the same grapes that they use to make their vinegar. Try using this vinegar for brightness in our White Balsamic and Tarragon Chicken or Belgian Mashed Potatoes with Winter Vegetables (Stoemp); it will sharpen flavors and add dimension without calling too much attention to itself the way other vinegars do. Or drizzling it over roasted vegetables, such as in our Roasted Carrots with Balsamic Raisins and Pine Nuts or Slow-Roasted Tomatoes. We like to use a couple tablespoons to deglaze the pan after roasting meats, scraping up the browned bits and finishing with butter. White balsamic vinegar even plays a key role in our Harissa, for a mild acidity as a counterpoint for the earthy spices in the hot pepper paste.
Azienda Agricola Caravaglio Capers in Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Harvested on the Aeolian Islands off Sicily’s northeastern coast, these plump, meaty capers are a world apart from the usual tiny nonpareils. Picked and preserved in olive oil flavored with oregano, bay and vinegar, they pack a bright, balanced herbal flavor—none of the sharpness of most capers. Try them in salads, pasta sauces or even pizza.
IASA Anchovy Fillets in Olive Oil
The succulent anchovy fillets from family-owned company Ittica Alimentare Salerno (IASA) are nothing like the one-note over salted versions most people are familiar with—rather, these anchovies taste like the ocean they came from and still retain a meaty texture.
Losada Pitted Natural Olives Mix
Based near Seville, Spain, family producer Losada Olives oversees the entire production process of its heirloom olives—from hand-harvesting in their own groves to naturally curing for 10 months with only salt and water (which better preserves the olives' nuanced flavors). This assorted mix includes petite black Cuquillo olives, which are tender with earthy-fruity notes, as well as two types of green olive with a crisper, meatier texture: grassy Aloreña olives and juicy Gordal olives, the largest of the bunch.
Mymouné Lemon Peel In Sugar
One of our go-to baking tricks is using crystallized fruit in our baking. This lemon peel is bright and citrusy, and we love the pop it adds to bites of dessert. Dice it and use it as an addition to apple pies, muffins, cookies and in cakes and or add in strips while poaching summer fruits. This lemon peel works in more savory dishes too, and I use it in my skillet cornbread recipe, in biscuits, and to flavor sugar (throw sugar and a couple of peels in a food processor to make lemon sugar), which can then be used to infuse your baking throughout.
Huilerie Beaujolaise Raspberry Vinegar
This smooth, full-bodied raspberry vinegar from French artisanal producer Huilerie Beaujolaise is wonderfully complex, with a perfect balance between tart and sweet that works in both sweet and savory recipes. Unlike the ambiguous mixed-berry flavor of other vinegars, there is no mistaking the raspberry characteristics in this vinegar. It has a concentrated, jam-like fruitiness without being cloyingly sweet—rather, the berries' natural tartness combined with acetic acid make for a well-rounded flavor profile with plenty of depth, like a brighter version of balsamic. Huilerie Beaujolaise enhances the vinegar with a bit of raspberry juice after fermentation, which creates a fuller mouthfeel similar to that of barrel-aged vinegar.
Casablanca Market Marrakesh Spiced Olives
Marinated in turmeric, lemons, sea salt and extra-virgin olive oil, these Marrakesh Spiced Olives from Morocco have a complexity similar to Casablanca Market's Preserved Lemons (a Milk Street favorite), with an added earthy element from turmeric. The olives have small pits so they're especially meaty and bursting with savory, grassy and buttery flavors. And not only do the lemons lend an intense aroma and brighten up the briny mix, the tender chunks of preserved citrus also taste great on their own.