by Emily Kovach
The Condiment Cupboard
Deep winter cooking got you down? Rev up root veggies, embolden braises and spark casserole creativity with these locally made condiments. A splash, dash or drizzle is all you’ll need to perk up your culinary creations.
1. Keepwell Vinegar
This newer operation uses ingredients sourced directly from farmers to push the vinegar envelope with interesting flavors such as white turmeric, blueberry, wildflower honey and sorghum molasses. They also dabble in other fermented condiments, such as soy sauce and miso.
2. The Bacon Jams
West Chester, Pa.
Is everything actually better with bacon? Here’s an easy way to find out: Spread a spoonful of these porky preserves on anything your heart desires. The Bacon Jams company offers foodies three savory flavors: all original, black pepper, and red chili and garlic.
3. Sundry Mornings Hot Sauces
Miranda Watson is a one-woman operation, hand crafting what she calls “hot and not-so-hot-sauces.” Made with locally sourced ingredients, her sauces come in a few vibrant flavors: Splash of Purple, Peach Sugar Rush, Cherry Time Bomb and the super-spicy Revenge ofJ’s Ghost.
4. Le Bon Magot Condiments
For globally influenced flavor pairings you’re unlikely to find elsewhere, explore this small company’s beautiful jarred condiments, including brinjal caponata, tomato and white sultana chutney, white pumpkin and almond murabba (a sweet and sour relish originating in Western India).
5. Saint Lucifer Table Spice #11
The owners of this spice-obsessed company went through many rounds of recipe testing to perfect this addictive dried mixture of garlic, salt, paprika, vinegar and habañero peppers. A few sprinkles of the fiery blend will send grilled meats, soups and popcorn into the stratosphere.
6. We Bee Brothers Raw Honey
Brothers Joel and Jeff Eckel harvest gorgeous golden honey straight from local hives in spring and fall. Their sweet wares can be found at Weavers Way Co-op in West Philadelphia and seasonally at the Wyck House farmer’s market in Germantown.