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Archive for the ‘Pantry Items’ Category

Riviera – Goat Milk Butter

By amy • Apr 16th, 2016 • Category: Dairy, Impulse Buy, Pantry Items

Laiterie Chalifoux Riviera Goat Milk Butter 125g, $4.99 available at Whole Foods and select Central and Eastern Canada retailers For more information visit Is goat butter a ‘thing’ yet? If not, can Shelf Life bring it into the conversation? Sold alongside Laiterie Chalifoux excellent Salted and Unsalted conventional butters, this newcomer from the venerable [...]



By amy • Feb 6th, 2016 • Category: Cheese, Columns, Dairy, Pantry Items

Take that, disrupters. It is safe to say that the august organization Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano-Reggiano is not interested in shiny new business ventures. The regulator’s chief function is to ensure that Italy’s King Of Cheeses is made in the same way using the same methods in the same places without deviation, by law. Because [...]


Fancy Crackers

By amy • Nov 29th, 2015 • Category: Appetizers, Baked Goods, Supplies, Columns, Pantry Items, Prepared Foods, Snacks, crackers, grains

At this time of year, festive nibbles and snacks move to the front of the store – let a thousand crackers bloom! – to be greeted by frazzled shoppers, who pick up boxes of upscale thins and wonder: are these things worth $8.99? There are further anxieties: will Uncle Doug try them? Will they go [...]


Heinz Mustard, French’s Ketchup

By amy • Aug 16th, 2015 • Category: Condiments, Dressings, Oils, Vinegars, Impulse Buy, Pantry Items, Prepared Foods, Seasonings, Spices, sauces

Heinz Mustard, French’s Ketchup Mustard; 55ml, $2.69 – Ketchup; 1L, $ 3.99 each widely available For more information visit: mustard – ketchup – It’s the market grab of the titans, and the battle cry is: “You stole my act!” Recently, the iconic mustard brand French’s and the equally unrivalled ketchup brand Heinz launched [...]


7Seas – Wild Albacore Tuna

By amy • Jun 27th, 2015 • Category: Impulse Buy, Meat, Poultry, Seafood, Pantry Items

7 Seas Wild Albacore Tuna 113g, $5.00 available at Costco, Loblaws, Safeway, and other major and independent seafood retailers. for more information visit In the vast ocean of tuna recipes – really, we’re talking tuna sandwiches – Shelf Life has seen it all: breads, wraps, and doughs of every kind; fancy, exotic, and plain [...]


Savory Choice – Authentic Pho Broth Concentrate

By amy • Apr 18th, 2015 • Category: Impulse Buy, Pantry Items, Prepared Foods, Soups

Savory Choice Authentic Pho Liquid Broth Concentrate, 3 Flavours: Beef, Chicken, Vegetable 60g (4 packets/box); $7.99 on line available at fine food retailers and on line at The next time you find yourself eating street food in, say, Hanoi, consider the labour that goes into pho, the soup that is regarded as the soul [...]


Rolling Meadow Dairy – Unsalted Butter

By amy • Feb 21st, 2015 • Category: Dairy, Impulse Buy, Pantry Items

Rolling Meadow Dairy Unsalted Butter 250g. $5.99 available at select retailers for more information visit; Garrison Keillor famously remarked that one can taste the sadness in every factory-farmed supermarket chicken. Similarly, Shelf Life can detect the melancholy in highly processed dairy products – contented cows don’t produce the featureless, stripped-down stuff that passes for [...]


Steak Rubs

By amy • Sep 20th, 2014 • Category: Columns, Condiments, Dressings, Oils, Vinegars, Meat, Poultry, Seafood, Pantry Items, Seasonings, Spices

If Shelf Life ruled the world, steaks would be available in nirvana form only – ie. prime, fat-marbled cuts, such as sirloin strip or rib eye. A skillfully prepared piece of fine meat needs very little help from seasonings or sauces (well, maybe a pat of butter and a splash of vermouth). But sometimes budget [...]


Wowbutter – Toasted Soy Bean Spread

By amy • Sep 13th, 2014 • Category: Impulse Buy, Pantry Items, Snacks, spreads

Wowbutter Toasted Soy Spread – Peanut Butter replacement 500g, $4.99 widely available for more information visit Sincerity, responsibility, restraint: don’t get us wrong, Shelf Life loves the qualities associated with artisanal products. Every once in a while, however, we fall for items with old-fashioned razzamatazz. We’re suckers for splashy pitches, eg. ‘Homemade flavour!’ ‘Now [...]


My Little Chickpea – Salad Dressings

By amy • Jul 26th, 2014 • Category: Condiments, Dressings, Oils, Vinegars, Impulse Buy, Pantry Items, Prepared Foods, Seasonings, Spices

My Little Chickpea Gourmet Salad Dressings: Orange Ginger; Umami Miso; Roasted Lemon 250ml, $8.99 each available at fine food stores for more information visit In a word: feisty. They could also be called uncompromising, certainly not nicey-nicey. In Shelf Life’s experience, salad dressings tend to be overly sweet and blandly eager to please; not [...]