How does sugar work?


Sugar is an essential ingredient in many baked goods, but not only for its sweet taste. It has many additional …

Using and caring for stainless steel cookware


Possibly the most popular of all cookware, stainless steel is a hard and durable metal made from chromium and …


How to make a chocolate ganache (video)

Knowing how to make a good ganache is an essential part of successfully preparing countless desserts, pastries and other sweet masterpieces.


The Essential Guide to Lentils

Lentils are perhaps the most versatile of the pulses. They are equally delicious hot and cold, can be used in soups, stews and salads, as a vegetable accompaniment or bed to soak up the juices of poultry, lamb or pork. They work with grilled or boiled sausages, mixed with yoghurt and herbs …


Herbes de Provence

Buy Aux Anysetiers Du Roy Herbs of Provence at your nearest The Essential Ingredient store or online now.

The food of Provence is a reflection of the place itself, its rich history, rolling topography and humble inhabitants reflected in the flavours, ingredients and techniques of the cuisine.

With its position …


Apprentice Chef Kits

Starting your chef apprenticeship and need to buy the required Chef’s Kit? Visit The Essential Ingredient!

With stores in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Newcastle, Orange and Albury, The Essential Ingredient is a convenient place to buy your Apprentice Chef Tool Box, uniform and any extra equipment you might …


The Essential Guide to Capers

Capers and caperberries are an important component of today’s gourmet pantry.  Capers are more well-known and more commonly used in dishes, but caperberries are increasing in popularity.

It is generally considered that the smaller the caper, the better the taste.  Larger capers, while cheaper, can be quite acidic and may overwhelm …