Australian products at The Essential Ingredient

At The Essential Ingredient, we know how lucky we are to live in Australia. While, as Australians, we …

The Kitchen Gadget Arsenal


Who doesn’t love a kitchen gadget? Nobody. It doesn’t matter what kind of cook you are; an old school stickler, an …


Six Barrel Soda Co.

The Essential Ingredient Rozelle is pleased to introduce a range of grown-up syrups for blending with your favourite seasonal cocktails and mixers. Six Barrel Soda Company is a proud Wellington NZ institution that believes it is what you don’t put into your recipes that makes all the difference. If you or your friends are looking to take your …

#EssentialKnowledge: Caramel & Butterscotch

Our Cooking School Coordinator Zoi Condos shares the fundamentals of caramels, butterscotches & all things sweet…

The primary ingredient in caramel is white granular sugar.
• Caramel is as much a product, as it is a process. It is created by slowly heating sugar to between 160°C – 180°C, at which point the sugar will take on a range of colour, starting …

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What’s on your Christmas Table?

I’m not sure about you, but the minute Summer is here, I declare it ‘Entertaining Season’. My food menu for Christmas day is set and now I’m focusing on the table setting. We’ve come up with a few necessities for your Christmas table this year.

Gluggle Jugs – Entertain your friends as they …

Copper Tangle

Stelton Tableware

Stelton Vacuum Jug
The Stelton vacuum jug kicked off 30 years of collaboration between Peter Holmblad’s business acumen and Erik Magnussen’s creative power. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the duo produced a wide range of design hits that appealed across generations of gift givers….


#MyFavouriteThings – Canele

#MyFavouriteThings continues this week, prompted by our colleague Christina’s beautiful home-made canele. Christina is a central part of our retail team & she recently treated us to a round of these beauties- caramelised and dark on the outside, custardy on the inside.

She swears by Andrew McConnell’s recipe (found in his Cumulus …