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Is There Really a Right Way to Store Spices?

Take a peek at your spice cabinet: If it’s anything like mine, you’ve got a mix of plastic and glass jars, and maybe a few pouches here and there, too. All of them are from different retailers, ranging from the nearby dollar store to Kalustyan’s, and t…

Take a peek at your spice cabinet: If it’s anything like mine, you’ve got a mix of plastic and glass jars, and maybe a few pouches here and there, too. All of them are from different retailers, ranging from the nearby dollar store to Kalustyan’s, and there’s at least one duplicate bottle, from the time you forgot you already had a certain spice at home—in my case, cardamom.

Though it’s not the prettiest or best-organized cabinet out there, it’s deeply functional, and that’s what matters most to me. However, I wondered if—given the variety of spices in my kitchen (and their containers)—there was anything I could or should be doing to extend their shelf lives. Though spices don’t typically go bad or mold like other ingredients, they can lose their potency in a matter of months. So, I reached out to Ethan Frisch, co-founder and co-CEO of Burlap & Barrel, a spice company that works directly with farmers to source its products, who had an unorthodox answer to my spice storage question.

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What Our Line Cook-Turned-Editor Always Keeps in His Kitchen

For the second installment of our series exploring our favorite chefs’, content creators’, and Food52ers’ kitchens and pantries, we turned to our Editorial Assistant, Paul Hagopian. If you’ve spent time on our site, you’ve probably read at least one of…

For the second installment of our series exploring our favorite chefs’, content creators’, and Food52ers’ kitchens and pantries, we turned to our Editorial Assistant, Paul Hagopian. If you’ve spent time on our site, you’ve probably read at least one of his pieces—like the pastry chef who makes “infinite” desserts, the TikTok star disrupting the salmon industry, or his taste-test of 31 nonalcoholic beers. We asked the line cook-turned-writer to tell us the five things always in his kitchen—here’s what he said.


1. Homemade Pickled Jalapeños

To make this super-versatile condiment, Paul boils equal parts white vinegar and water, adds a big pinch of salt, then pours the brine over sliced jalapeños and some smashed garlic cloves. Once the whole thing cools to room temp, just store it in the fridge. Don’t forget about the brine: It’s a great marinade for chicken thighs and other proteins.

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11 Hispanic-Owned Brands to Shop This (& Every) Month

We are teaming up with FreshDirect to show our favorite Hispanic-owned brands. From Siete Grain Free Taco Shells to Don Carvajal Café Costa Rican Light Roast Whole Bean Coffee, these Hispanic-owned brands are delivered right to your door. Order online …

We are teaming up with FreshDirect to show our favorite Hispanic-owned brands. From Siete Grain Free Taco Shells to Don Carvajal Café Costa Rican Light Roast Whole Bean Coffee, these Hispanic-owned brands are delivered right to your door. Order online or via their app to shop your go-to groceries.


If you're anything like me, you’re always on the hunt for a new snack or drink to add to your pantry and fridge. You step into the grocery store, list in hand, and while you focus on getting the essentials you've scribbled down, you're never opposed to something new catching your eye. In the summer it might be a seasonal fruit or juice and in the winter a bakery item or cheese selection from the deli counter—either way, it's something you're excited to try once you get home.

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6 Kitchen Staples Max Nelson Can’t Live Without

As home cooks, we at Food52 think a lot about grocery shopping—which types of produce we’re gravitating towards, what ingredients we’re willing to splurge on, and (perhaps most importantly) which pantry staples we lean on each and every day. The answer…

As home cooks, we at Food52 think a lot about grocery shopping—which types of produce we’re gravitating towards, what ingredients we’re willing to splurge on, and (perhaps most importantly) which pantry staples we lean on each and every day. The answers vary wildly depending on who you ask, and they can reveal a ton about someone’s cooking—and eating—style. So, we’ve decided to start asking some of our favorite chefs, creators, and members of our team to tell us the kitchen staples they couldn’t live without. First up is Max Nelson, also known on Instagram as Chillguyinbrooklyn, whose videos you’ve likely seen on our social feeds. Here are six things you’ll always find in his kitchen.

1. High Quality Olive Oil

“A little drizzle on almost anything with good olive oil is going to be a great finishing touch,” says Max, who is currently using a bottle of Brosius Family Farm Spanish Duo. We couldn’t agree more.

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Everything You Need to Restock Your Kitchen for Back-to-School

We’ve teamed up with FreshDirect to get your school year off to a great start. From snacking superstars to dinnertime staples, FreshDirect has the kitchen staples to keep things stress-free for kids and parents alike. Order online or via their app to s…

We’ve teamed up with FreshDirect to get your school year off to a great start. From snacking superstars to dinnertime staples, FreshDirect has the kitchen staples to keep things stress-free for kids and parents alike. Order online or via their app to shop your go-to groceries.


With the chime of the first school bell, the autumn hustle sweeps parents back into its fold. From breakfast on the go and lunchbox duty to after-school snacks, this time of year is beyond busy. Luckily FreshDirect is here to ease the back-to-school transition for both kids and parents. From wholesome, naturally sweet snacks like Grapery's Cotton Candy Grapes to versatile, well-loved staples like Goldfish Crackers, FreshDirect's grocery offerings have got you covered. With just a few clicks on their user-friendly app, you can stock up on everything you need to glide into the school year with ease.

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This Pantry-Friendly Meal Is Easy, Vegetarian & Endlessly Adaptable

Canned beans are some of my most reached-for pantry ingredients, and canned chickpeas, in particular, are extra versatile. I add them to pastas, soups, curries, and stews. I blend them into hummus. I toss them in olive oil and roast them until they’re …

Canned beans are some of my most reached-for pantry ingredients, and canned chickpeas, in particular, are extra versatile. I add them to pastas, soups, curries, and stews. I blend them into hummus. I toss them in olive oil and roast them until they’re crispy. However, as delicious as canned chickpeas can be, they can just as easily remain dry, tinny, and under-seasoned.

Is there a surefire way to avoid any of those unpleasant outcomes? Most definitely—just follow Joy the Baker’s lead and slowly braise your chickpeas in a generous olive oil bath, along with a host of other high-impact ingredients. While this version specifically calls for onion, capers, thyme, chile flakes, cured black olives, lemon, and some feta to finish, the beauty of this recipe is that you can truly adapt it to whatever you’ve got in your pantry.

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7 Pantry Staples We Love, Made Right Here In the Northeast

We’ve teamed up with FreshDirect to bring you our favorite locally made pantry must-haves. From Gotham Greens to Early Bird Granola, these local brands are delivered right to your door. Order online or via their app to shop your go-to groceries.

Buy…

We’ve teamed up with FreshDirect to bring you our favorite locally made pantry must-haves. From Gotham Greens to Early Bird Granola, these local brands are delivered right to your door. Order online or via their app to shop your go-to groceries.


Buying local is a way of life in the Northeast, whether at the farmers market where perfectly ripe tomatoes and peaches are piled high, or through FreshDirect, which offers carefully curated regionally-made pantry staples. If you're looking to spice things up with new brands or you simply appreciate high-quality, thoughtfully-sourced products, these staples will elevate your kitchen game and support regional producers. A win-win! Plus, the best part is that they are conveniently available for online ordering and delivery right to your door, making it easier than ever to savor the flavors of the Northeast in your home kitchen. From the fresh and vibrant produce of Gotham Greens to the delectably sweet and spicy taste of Mike's Hot Honey, here’s a peek at eight proudly crafted pantry-elevating favorites.

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A Love Letter to Lupini Beans

I didn’t think I needed another bean in my life, to be totally honest. My pantry is stacked high with cans of chickpeas, white beans, bags of heirloom pinto beans, and beyond. Between them all, I barely have time to let lentils into my heart, let alone…

I didn’t think I needed another bean in my life, to be totally honest. My pantry is stacked high with cans of chickpeas, white beans, bags of heirloom pinto beans, and beyond. Between them all, I barely have time to let lentils into my heart, let alone a whole new bean variety. And yet, over the past couple of years, lupini beans have been taunting me a bit. I kept seeing them in various forms at my local Whole Foods, whether as pasta, a hummus-like dip, or simply in jars sandwiched between marinated artichokes and pepperoncini.

I finally gave into my curiosity and picked up a jar of lupini beans—and now I wonder why I waited so long.

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The Entire Food52 Pantry is on Sale—Here’s What We’re Buying

The Food52 Pantry is having a sale—like, a 100 ounces of olive oil for $36 kind of sale. This is a good thing, of course, because our pantry is only stocked with high-quality, responsibly sourced items that were all approved, endorsed, and curated by F…

The Food52 Pantry is having a sale—like, a 100 ounces of olive oil for $36 kind of sale. This is a good thing, of course, because our pantry is only stocked with high-quality, responsibly sourced items that were all approved, endorsed, and curated by Food52’s co-founder, Amanda Hesser. And unlike the shoe box pantry in my apartment, our pantry is big, and it’s stocked with 41 items. Here is everything to buy to immediately improve your home kitchen.


Oil & Vinegar

High-quality olive oil and vinegar are on the short list of things that you actually need to make delicious food at home. Unlike the cheap stuff—which often tastes like nothing at all—both of our EVOOs are packed with a bright, slightly fruity flavor. Like anything else, this deep flavor comes from marrying the best ingredients with thoughtful processing, and—luckily for us—we were able to find a family-run mill in Puglia, Italy that is exceptional at both. We followed this same approach for our vinegars by partnering with a third-generation family-run acetaia in Modena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy that is committed to creating the most vibrant vinegars with the fewest (but highest quality) ingredients.

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Melina Hammer’s Simple Secret to a Better Breakfast

This might sound odd coming from someone best known for cooking with ultra-seasonal fresh produce, but I truly love my pantry and freezer stashes. A well-stocked pantry and freezer means I can be spontaneous, while also being intentional about making a…

This might sound odd coming from someone best known for cooking with ultra-seasonal fresh produce, but I truly love my pantry and freezer stashes. A well-stocked pantry and freezer means I can be spontaneous, while also being intentional about making a nourishing meal at a moment's notice—especially around breakfast time. I think of various "departments" and stock a few variations on ingredient themes that I can pull from any day of the week. This allows me to batch up recipes easily (so I have something ready to grab for days when I’m on the go) and play around with different flavor combos (so I avoid getting bored with the same breakfast over and over).

Here are some of my freezer and pantry essentials for making a fabulous breakfast, whether you’re in a hurry or leaning into a slow weekend:

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