Things I might have in the fridge or larder… above, an experimental kaffir or makrut lime sugar that turned out BRILLIANTLY. Take some beautiful makrut limes (in this case, a neighbor’s gift) and zest them into some white sugar. I stored this in the fridge thinking it might keep it fresher. It is SO FRAGRANT and just that beautiful hint of flavor in whatever you put it in… sugar cookies, pie crusts, etc.
We ALWAYS have a jar of vanilla sugar in the kitchen. Used vanilla pods are simply buried in white sugar, and we keep adding pods and topping off sugar. It’s amazing how fragrant and flavorful the sugar becomes.
Even better, cinnamon and vanilla sugar. I used to have a jar of just cinnamon sugar but our cook mistakenly added vanilla pods to it. So we just kept it going for years and years… A simple piece of bread, with butter and cinnamon/vanilla sugar toasted in a small oven is love.
Finally, we dry out own chilies whenever we run low on our stocks… here dried labuyo and habanero peppers. We always make too much, but it’s always good to have it in stock. We never keep them more than 6 months so they are fresh and vibrant. So many homes have given up the tradition of making and storing some of their ingredients, condiments and preserves and pickles. I can understand that convenience and groceries have probably killed off that tradition. But on any given day, in our cupboards or fridge/freezer, you will find several bottles of things we have made over the last few months, and sugar and spice is always nice… :)