7 of Our Favorite Ethical Brands to Keep in the Kitchen in 2021

We teamed up with A to Z Wineworks to highlight companies that not only do good, but also make great products. From our favorite baking staples to the bright and fruity Bubbles we’re toasting 2021 with, every product on this list comes from a certified…

We teamed up with A to Z Wineworks to highlight companies that not only do good, but also make great products. From our favorite baking staples to the bright and fruity Bubbles we're toasting 2021 with, every product on this list comes from a certified B Corp—aka companies that maintain the highest standards of economic, environmental, and social responsibility.


If there’s one thing I’ve learned from working in media (and from being a consumer myself), it’s that there’s been a definitive shift in the way people make purchases and fill their homes with products. While ease and convenience were the driving forces of consumption for decades, the practices leading to such mass production left us feeling…a little guilty. Luckily, many companies now put transparency and ethics at the forefront of their missions, and one of the easiest identifiers for a brand you can trust is a B Corp certification.

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The Savory Power of Kala Namak, aka Black Salt

In The Kitchen Scientist, The Flavor Equation author Nik Sharma breaks down the science of good food, from rinsing rice to salting coffee. Today, he explores a savory super-ingredient to always keep in the pantry.

If there was one ingredient that I …

In The Kitchen Scientist, The Flavor Equation author Nik Sharma breaks down the science of good food, from rinsing rice to salting coffee. Today, he explores a savory super-ingredient to always keep in the pantry.


If there was one ingredient that I distinctly enjoyed from my parents’ kitchen growing up, it would be the salt kala namak. Sprinkling it over fresh fruit with red chile flakes or a bowl of yogurt with sweet tamarind chutney was delightful.

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7 Tomato Paste Substitutes for Pantry Pasta Emergencies (& More!)

Tomato paste is having a moment. Made by boiling down tomato juice into smooth, concentrated form, tomato paste is absolutely packed with umami. Just a tablespoon can transform a braise, stew, or soup, imbuing it with an unplaceable but vibrant richnes…

Tomato paste is having a moment. Made by boiling down tomato juice into smooth, concentrated form, tomato paste is absolutely packed with umami. Just a tablespoon can transform a braise, stew, or soup, imbuing it with an unplaceable but vibrant richness. Knead it into bread dough for a ruby-red pop, or add it to tomato sauce to make it even more tomato-y. The opportunities are endless, but this rich, sweet vermillion substance is just the kind of thing I’m constantly forgetting on my grocery runs. So if you’re staring down a recipe that calls for some paste and need a quick tomato paste substitute, we have your back.

Here are 7 tomato paste substitutes you probably have on hand:

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How to Use Up the Rest of a Can of Sweetened Condensed Milk

My mornings these days start off with a cup of freshly brewed coffee and a scoop of thick sweetened condensed milk. I skip the cream and sugar all together, since sweetened condensed milk—milk that’s been concentrated and heavily sweetened; its viscosi…

My mornings these days start off with a cup of freshly brewed coffee and a scoop of thick sweetened condensed milk. I skip the cream and sugar all together, since sweetened condensed milk—milk that's been concentrated and heavily sweetened; its viscosity is like molasses or honey and it moves just as slowly—gives creaminess and sweetness in one product.

My mother always had a can in the pantry at any given time. It was a staple in our home. We baked with it, sweetened Jamaican cornmeal porridge with it, and my mother used it in her tea. Once I've opened a can, I store the remaining milk (poured out of the can) in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. (And if you want to met it yourself, Stephanie Le has a simple recipe for making a batch of sweetened condensed milk of your own.)

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What in the World Is Cheese Powder?

I don’t mean to blow up your work week, but I recently discovered that it’s possible to make anything taste like Doritos without ever touching a chip.

Some, such as Wylie Dufresne, James Beard Award–winning chef and a father of molecular gastronomy, m…

I don’t mean to blow up your work week, but I recently discovered that it’s possible to make anything taste like Doritos without ever touching a chip.

Some, such as Wylie Dufresne, James Beard Award–winning chef and a father of molecular gastronomy, might say I’m late to this epiphany, like when I called to ask if he’d heard of cheese powder, a dehydrated, concentrated version of the fresh stuff.

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10 Best Canned Tuna Brands for Sandwiches, Pastas, You Name It

There are many factors to consider when judging the best canned tuna. Flavor is a huge one, of course, which is why I always opt for tuna packed in olive oil over water.

Yet just as important is safety. Tuna has been found to contain significant level…

There are many factors to consider when judging the best canned tuna. Flavor is a huge one, of course, which is why I always opt for tuna packed in olive oil over water.

Yet just as important is safety. Tuna has been found to contain significant levels of mercury, a toxic heavy metal occurring both naturally and released through industrial pollution. Mercury is airborne, but eventually collects in water, where it is absorbed by fish, entering the food chain and winding up, eventually, on our plates. Though ingesting small amounts of mercury is okay, as it builds up in a body it can cause a host of maladies. To reduce the risk of mercury poisoning, the Environmental Defense Fund, as well as the EPA and FDA, regularly list guidelines for which canned fish are the safest and most environmentally-conscious to eat.

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From Walnut to Avocado, Here Are 6 Specialty Oils to Add to Your Pantry

We’ve teamed up with La Tourangelle—makers of artisan oils, salad dressings, and cooking sprays—to show you all the wonderful ways you can use their specialty oils (think: roasted walnut oil, avocado oil, toasted sesame oil, and more) at home.

Take …

We've teamed up with La Tourangelle—makers of artisan oils, salad dressings, and cooking sprays—to show you all the wonderful ways you can use their specialty oils (think: roasted walnut oil, avocado oil, toasted sesame oil, and more) at home.


Take a look inside your pantry. What do you see? Olive oil, certainly. Vegetable oil? Check. Always stocked in the most basic of cupboards, these two kitchen workhorses will help you make just about any dish.

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15 Easy Ways to Upgrade Boxed Mac & Cheese for Last-Minute Dinners

Let me get one thing straight: I have loved boxed macaroni and cheese for as long as I can remember. From the bright orange Kraft mac and cheese dinners my dad “cooked” when my mom was out of town, to the countless microwaveable single-serve Easy Mac c…

Let me get one thing straight: I have loved boxed macaroni and cheese for as long as I can remember. From the bright orange Kraft mac and cheese dinners my dad "cooked" when my mom was out of town, to the countless microwaveable single-serve Easy Mac cups I consumed in college, and fancied-up shells and white cheddar from Annie's that now fill my pantry, this gloriously convenient invention has always been a part of my life.

And while you can often catch me whipping up a batch of the stuff in its purest form (including last night, when I had zero desire to prepare a full dinner), there are times when I like to experiment with different combinations of ingredients. Some are based off my cravings (spicy, bright and herby, or totally carbo-loaded), and other times they're based off whatever leftovers are in my fridge. Sure, adding extra ingredients can take away a bit of the simplicity, but incorporating them is easy and rarely takes more than a few minutes—in fact, you can usually finish the prep while the pasta water boils. Most importantly, they pay off big time in terms of flavor.

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How to Organize Your Pantry—& Keep It Shipshape

As a result of my job (home writer) and my personality (perfectionist) I’ve done a lot of research about how to best organize every little space in my home. I’ve long heard the praises sung of clear containers, listened to people preach the merits of a…

As a result of my job (home writer) and my personality (perfectionist) I’ve done a lot of research about how to best organize every little space in my home. I’ve long heard the praises sung of clear containers, listened to people preach the merits of a label maker, and seen pantry organizer upon pantry organizer topple off the shelves at TJ Maxx. Suffice it to say, I feel like I’ve heard and seen it all—from legitimate overhauls to unrealistic hacks. It wasn’t until this year, though, that I really decided to tackle the lid-flying, carton-crashing warzone that is my pantry.

For some context: when I get home from the grocery store, I’m so exhausted after lugging my tote bags from store to train to train transfer and finally, to my home, that I can’t be bothered to really organize things as they go into cabinets. Know the feeling? This is where the unraveling of intention begins. Three more grocery trips, an overstock on Trader Joe’s apple banana fruit crushers, and a teetering bag of rice later—it’s game over. Still, being stuck at home, cooking more than I ever have, has really prompted me to reassess my pantry storage and put my own advice into action.

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9 All-Star Condiments Always in My Kitchen

I am a condiment connoisseur. I have a hard time resisting any bottle, jar, or tin—be it spicy, pungent, tangy, salty, you name it. Sometimes I’ll buy a condiment to develop with or make a specific recipe, and other times I’m just attracted to a shiny …

I am a condiment connoisseur. I have a hard time resisting any bottle, jar, or tin—be it spicy, pungent, tangy, salty, you name it. Sometimes I’ll buy a condiment to develop with or make a specific recipe, and other times I’m just attracted to a shiny label (which probably means it’s getting added to my cart).

I’m always game to try something new, but after many years of cooking I’ve definitely honed in on a collection of staples I prefer never to be without—the all-star team, if you will. My trove of oils, pastes, and sauces all hail from different countries and different cuisines, and vary in texture and piquancy, but they all make regular appearances in my kitchen. And while everyone's definition differs, I consider many of the flavor-packed ingredients I use to boost dishes (either before, during, or after cooking) a condiment.

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