Most of us here love to eat. Even more so others have a knack and flare in the kitchen. The sound of the room even smells and tastes delicious itself. What recipe could be brewing and simmering in there next? Are you excited yet? Because we surely are! But before we even go to the cooking one should always think about ingredients and materials first. After all even the best recipes, the newest equipment and the best chef hands can never make an exemplary dish out of bad ingredients. On that note how then will you make sure that you get only the finest quality Italian ingredients? Worry not for we’ve got some tips to add to your magic hat of tricks!
Trick Number One: Know what those dates mean – When you buy ingredients there will often be dates written or printed on its label. The “harvest date” denotes when the product (e.g. fruit, vegetable, root crop or spices) was actually reaped or gathered. The “manufacturing date” shows when it was processed into the final output (e.g. from the tomato fruit to the canned chunked variant). The “best by” or “expiration date” specifies until when the product is fit for consumption or retains its best flavors.
Trick Number Two: Be acquainted with the distributor. – Remember that no matter how high the quality of the ingredients are, that will not matter if they have not been handled properly by distributors, sellers, importers and retailers. It would be best to do a research of the best shops in your area that offer the finest quality Italian ingredients. Reading feedback and reviews help as well as asking for recommendations.
Trick Number Three: Educate yourself about your ingredients. – Different items are handled variedly. They have diverse harvesting and manufacturing processes, storage techniques, temperature requirements, container specifications, taste testing procedures, shelf life and all that. If you know all these then you would best be able to scrutinize the items when you go shopping.
Trick Number Four: Try going to online and specialty stores. – Today you may already purchase in the comfort of your own home and this applies to the finest quality Italian ingredients as well. Going to specialty stores will also be good. Sometimes it is best to look in other places than just your nearest convenience store or local grocery. There are special items that will only be found in certain places. And because they sell only a fewer variety or those that pertain to only to a particular category, they are best able to apply the practices that the food items require to retain quality.