Condiments & Ingredients

Condiments & Ingredients are important when creating a meal or dish. Read about how different ingredients work and what kind of condiments will enhance the flavor of a dish.


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When to Cook With Tamari Instead of Soy Sauce

Is the difference between soy sauce and tamari like the difference between ketchup and catsup – in name only? Not at all, and we'll tell you why.

The Surprising Reason Why Vanilla Is So Expensive

Vanilla is probably the most popular flavoring out there, but most of what we consume is the imitation variety as the real extract is pricey. What accounts for the high cost? And is it worth it?

Butter 101: From Sweet Cream to Cultured

All butters are not created equal. We take five different butters, including "plant-based butter" and explain what makes them different.

What Are the Different Types of Cheese?

If you've ever felt overwhelmed by the volume of cheese at your local supermarket or cheesemonger, we're here to help you tell the fresh from the stinky and the soft from the hard.

What's the Shelf Life of a Ketchup Packet?

They're convenient and sort of free, but do ketchup packets last forever?

That Green Stuff at the Sushi Restaurant? Not Really Wasabi

Come again? Here's what's really inside the typical restaurant 'wasabi'.

How Umami Works

Unlike more commonly known taste aspects like bitter or sweet, umami is tough to pin down. But the savory sensation gives rich dishes undeniable oomph. Learn what gives a food its umami nature and how our tongues taste it.

How to Make a Substitute for Brown Sugar

You're out of brown sugar and would like to make a substitute. This article will tell you how to make a substitute for brown sugar.

Top 10 Things You Can Make with Honey

Honey is an ancient and delicious pleasure. Read on to learn some of the best ways you can use it to sweeten your kitchen.

The Ultimate Guide to Cooking Oils

For professional and amateur chefs alike, cooking oils are an essential part of the culinary process. But there are so many different types out there -- should you cook with olive oil, canola oil or grapeseed oil? Are some oils actually unhealthy?

Save vs. Splurge: Fancy Ketchups

Most of us don't think too much about the ketchup we buy -- as long as there's a dab of the red stuff on our burgers and a bit for our fries, it's all good. But are there times when it's worth it to splurge on a fancier variety of ketchup?

10 Must-have Marinades, Brines and Barbecue Rubs

There's no good reason to cook a choice cut of meat without seasoning it. Doctoring up your favorite foods with a little flavor transforms meals. These 10 marinades, brines and rubs are a cinch to make.

10 Homemade and Healthy Salad Dressings

Although many people turn to salads for a healthy meal, one simple thing can ruin good intentions -- the salad dressing. To help cut back on the fat, we have ten easy-to-make dressings that can keep your greens healthy and great-tasting.

Why does ketchup taste differently in different countries?

Ketchup is arguably the most popular and recognizable condiment on the market. But what you're used to finding in your grocery store or on the table of your local diner may have a different kick to it in other parts of the world.

Why do kids love ketchup?

If you've ever tried to coerce a youngster into eating good-for-you foods, you probably know the wondrous advantages of that child-friendly sauce, ketchup. More than mustard and better than mayo, ketchup is the colorful condiment.

Mushroom Facts

Mushrooms, whether cultivated or harvested wildly, can provide a delicious addition to any meal. Learn more mushroom facts about these fungi.

What is Soy?

Soy can be found in soy milk, soy cheese products, soy sauce and other foods and can offer many health benefits. It is a good source of protein, it's low in saturated fats and contains no cholesterol. Read this article to learn more about how to add soy to your diet.

What are Soy Crumbles?

Soy crumbles serve as a vegetarian alternative to ground beef. It contains a large amount of protein, like meat does, but contains less amounts of fat and cholesterol. Learn more about soy crumbles in this article.

What is Hoisin Sauce?

Hoisin sauce is made from soybean paste, garlic, chilies, and various spices, and can contain sugar and vinegar. Read this article to learn more about this salty, sweet, and spicy condiment.

What is Lemon Zest?

Lemon zest imparts a strong citrus flavor to foods. It can be created easily be peeling or grating the yellow part of a lemon's skin. Learn more about lemon zest and how to use it.

Syrup Questions

Ever wonder how to make your own syrup? Creating maple syrup in your own home is a lot easier than you might think. Find out how to create your own homemade syrup and what the "soft-ball stage" means when making syrup.

Is honey the same as sugar?

Though they have distinct flavors, honey and sugar both contain the same amount of carbohydrates. In healthy cooking, the source of the carbohydrate is not nearly as important as the quantity. Learn more about honey and sugar in a diabetic diet.

Types of Jams and Jellies

Did you ever ask yourself what the difference between jams, jellies, marmalade, and preserves is? Read this article to find out all about these sweet concoctions and how to tell the difference.

Balsamic Vinegar Questions

Balsamic vinegar, made from sweet white grapes and aged for years, is known for its mellow, sweet flavor. See tips for cooking with balsamic vinegar and try out our suggested recipes. Find out more about balsamic vinegar.