Pantry Staples for When You're in a Pickle


For those of us in need of a pantry refresh

Pantry Staples for When You're in a PicklePantry Staples for When You're in a PicklePantry Staples for When You're in a Pickle
Emily Kvitko
By Emily Kvitko
Last updated 9 days ago

Wake up with Waka

While most instant coffee is made from "inferior Robusta beans roasted in huge spray dried batches," according to Waka's founder, David Kovalevski, Waka's coffee is freeze dried and made from 100% Arabica beans. While spray drying is cheaper, freeze drying gives coffee a stronger flavor. And, while Robusta beans contain more caffeine, Arabica beans are often considered superior in taste.

Nothing fishy going on here

Aiming to make ethically-sourced, premium, and delicious tinned seafood a staple in every cupboard, Fishwife has been featured by Vogue, Refinery29, The New York Times, The Strategist, Epicurious and The Cut. The brand offers rainbow trout, albacore tuna, salmon and sardines packed with protein, vitamins, minerals and fatty acids.

'Get rich or chai tryin'

After Founder Ayan Sanyal moved to New York, he went back to India and realized how crucial the ritual of going out together and getting a cup of masala chai, some jalebi, sweets and a samosa was to him and his family. Upon returning to New York, he wanted to find chai that rivaled the mixes he had sipped back home in India. After struggling to do so, Ayan embarked on a journey to create the perfect concoction himself, and after months of experimentation, Kolkata Chai Co. was born.

Sichuan spice n' everything nice

Inspired by Chinatown and made in Brooklyn, Chili Cheeks was founded by Jenny & Soomin, lovers and life partners, during lockdown. Having worked as a chef at a Michelin Star restaurant before creating the brand, Soomin was hungry to get back in the kitchen. He and Jenny cooked up Chili Cheeks with the intention of replicating Sichuan flavors, which were unobtainable through lockdown in NYC.

Sauce boss

After emigrating to Brooklyn from Italy in 1906, the Monte Family began serving traditional Neopolitan Fare to the community. "The storied high, red-leather banquettes were graced with the presence of a long line of royalty, politicians, gangsters and stars such as Sammy Davis Jr, Frank Sinatra, James Cagney, Jimmy Durante, Al Pacino, Jackie Gleason, Sandy Koufax, and Hedy Lamarr," the family writes. Years later, in 2020, PJ Monte began bottling the Monte Family's famous red sauce, tweaking it slightly to include locally and sustainably grown ingredients.

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