Only the very “good” will do in Ina Garten’s pantry, and there’s no better place to shop for them than Costco.
Fans of the Barefoot Contessa host know that “store-bought is fine” when it comes to cooking, but if you’re going to use ingredients pulled off grocery store shelves, they better be Garten-approved. Or, as Garten puts it, “good”: “good vinegar,” “good oil,” “good maple syrup,” and, yes, even “good apple juice.” And as it turns out, Garten’s preferred apple juice — and one of her favorite pantry staples — is currently on sale at Costco.
As seen in this glorious, behind-the-scenes photo of Garten’s storage room in the Barn, where she films her Food Network show, Martinelli’s apple juice is just one of many go-to cooking staples.
Do you see it — that big bottle on the third shelf from the bottom? Well, it comes in smaller sizes too. A nine-pack of 10-fluid ounce bottles usually retails for $33.40, but at Costco, you can pick up a 24-pack for a steal: $20.99. You can also buy a 20-pack on Amazon for about $25.
Garten uses Martinelli’s in many of her recipes, including soups such as her kid-friendly Butternut Squash and Apple Soup and drinks, like her Hot Mulled Cider.
Here’s a gem of her in 2003(!) using “good apple juice” in Season 1, Episode 13 of Barefoot Contessa:
Garten’s other preferred ingredients include Libby’s pumpkin, Grey Poupon dijon mustard, Cup-for-Cup gluten free flour, Hecker’s flour, Maldon sea salt, Diamond Crystal kosher salt, Olio Santo olive oil, and Rao’s Homemade marinara sauce, among others. In fact, Costco also has two-packs of Rao’s products on sale: a two-pack of Rao’s Homemade marinara sauce and a two-pack of Rao’s Homemade Alfredo sauce, both for about $11. For those who’ve never purchase Rao’s before, they usually for for about $8 or $9 a jar.
To view the full list of Garten’s favorite ingredients, head on over to the Barefoot Contessa website.
Before you go, take a look at all the Garten-approved ingredients you can shop on Amazon below:
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