5 multi-purpose kitchen condiments

Stock your kitchen with these five condiments that can do double duty

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Dijon mustard

This is a must in our kitchen, and in every professional kitchen I’ve worked in. Dijon is excellent on burgers, sandwiches and turkey sausages. It’s also a mainstay of vinaigrettes, and adds flavour to potato, pasta and rice salads. As well, you can use it as a rub on meats before grilling.

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My wife, Amanda, and I have many different preserves on hand in our kitchen, but our favourite is pickled cucumbers. We always have a jar in the fridge. They are great with cheese and crackers, and sliced to top a sandwich or burger. Or chop some up and add them to a potato salad for flavour and crunch.

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In our house we use it as a base for a quick barbecue sauce, or with horseradish to make a cocktail sauce for shrimp. And, of course, the kids love it on burgers.

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Low-fat mayonnaise

It’s a staple in tuna, chicken or egg salad. But you can also add a squeeze of lemon, grated garlic and a pinch of pepper to mayo for a simple aioli to go with fish or meat.

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