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Abokichi – Okazu, Crunchy Oil Condiment

By amy • Feb 13th, 2016 • Category: Condiments, Dressings, Oils, Vinegars, Impulse Buy, Seasonings, Spices

Abokichi – Okazu Chilli Okazu, Curry Okazu 250 ml, $9.99 each
 available at Toronto’s Abokichi Store or online @ www.foodiepages.ca for more information visit www.abokichi.com Where does life begin? Shelf Life doesn’t have answers to the big metaphystical questions, but we’ve got a handle on some of the smaller items. Take, for example, these unique Asian-inspired [...]

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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 – http://www.heinzitup.com/ ketchup – http://www.frenchs.com/products/tomato-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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 mylittlechickpea.com 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 [...]

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Fire In The Kitchen Spice Co. – Wicked Pickles

By amy • Jun 21st, 2014 • Category: Cocktail Garnishes, Condiments, Dressings, Oils, Vinegars, Fruits And Vegetables, Impulse Buy, Pantry Items, Prepared Foods, Seasonings, Spices, Snacks

Fire In The Kitchen Spice Co. Wicked Pickles 1 litre, $12.99 available at fine food stores & on line at fireinthekitchen.ca A few years ago Shelf Life experienced a conversion moment; someone gave us a pickled-up tuna salad sandwich, and we became apostles on the spot. Since then we have made a habit of adding [...]

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Mary Macleod’s – Butterscotch Shortbread Crumbs

By amy • May 24th, 2014 • Category: Baked Goods, Supplies, Cookies, Dessert, Impulse Buy, Mixes, Prepared Foods, Seasonings, Spices, Sweets

Mary Macleod’s Butterscotch Shortbread Crumbs 454g, $ 8.00 available at fine food stores and on line at marymacleod.ca This Toronto-based boutique shortbread company is on a mission: to move beyond the gustatory gulch that is Christmas. As the company slogan has it, ‘Shortbread is for all seasons.’ Scottish-born McLeod has expanded her thirty-year old core [...]

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PC Black Label – Goose Fat

By amy • Apr 19th, 2014 • Category: Condiments, Dressings, Oils, Vinegars, Impulse Buy, Meat, Poultry, Seafood, Seasonings, Spices

President’s Choice Black Label Goose Fat 200g, $9.99 available at Loblaws stores and wherever President’s Choice products are sold; for more information visit presidentschoice.ca This Easter, the family food wizards will be thinking about the ham, and the dessert, and where to hide the kids’ chocolate eggs. Shelf Life, though, is all about the potatoes. [...]

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Tajin – Fruit Seasoning

By amy • Mar 9th, 2014 • Category: Cocktail Garnishes, Condiments, Dressings, Oils, Vinegars, Impulse Buy, Seasonings, Spices

Tajin Fruit Seasoning 142g, $2.99 available at specialty and gourmet food stores and Latin food retailers for more information visit tajin.com Colourful; peppy; crammed full of exotic sensations – and that’s just the website. Tajin is a global brand that specializes in Mexican seasonings, particularly chilies. This fruit topper contains ground chilies, salt, and lime [...]

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Salsa – Round 2

By amy • Feb 1st, 2014 • Category: Columns, Condiments, Dressings, Oils, Vinegars, Fruits And Vegetables, Pantry Items, Prepared Foods, Seasonings, Spices

A lot of chopped tomatoes have flowed under the bridge since Shelf Life published our previous salsa taste test, and much has changed. Five years ago, there were far fewer products on the market; today, we had trouble confining our line-up to a reasonable number of candidates. Salsa has long since overtaken ketchup as the [...]

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Ontario Honey

By amy • Nov 30th, 2013 • Category: Columns, Pantry Items, Seasonings, Spices, Sweets, Syrups, spreads

Question: Bee populations need to be restored – where can we start? Answer: Let’s treasure the fruits of the hive. Many factors have produced a perfect storm of hazards for honeybees both wild and domestic. Among them: pesticides; parasites; habitat destruction; shortsighted agricultural management; and climate change. The terroir of the honeybee – ie. the [...]

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