Essential Pantry Items

Mark Bittman—writer of The New York Times‘ cooking Column, The Minimalist, and food blogger at Bitten—has compiled a list of lacklustre pantry items and their antipodes: the ‘essential’ provisions we should stock in their stead.

These things take up more space than they’re worth, while others are so much better in their real forms that the difference is laughable. Sadly, some remain in common usage even among good cooks. My point here is not to criminalize their use, but to point out how easily and successfully we can substitute for them, in every case with better results.

via Lifehacker