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10 Must-have Pantry Staples


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Garlic
Next to salt and pepper, garlic may be the most popular flavor addition.
Next to salt and pepper, garlic may be the most popular flavor addition.
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Garlic is the perfect herb. Slice it, dice it, mince it, crush it, roast it, sauté it, grill it -- you name it and garlic does it. It's versatile enough to use in everything from traditional Italian pasta to Thai and Indian dishes. And if the taste weren't enough, it's also great for you. It helps prevent heart disease, lowers your cholesterol and destroys free radicals better than anything man has created. You can buy fresh garlic in whole cloves or already chopped in a jar if you don't want to do the work. It's also available dried for a longer shelf life. So grab a clove and go to town.


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