The Essential Ingredient, South Melbourne is Go!

Our new shop is open. We are shouting it from the rooftops (or from the shop floor at least!).

The Essential Ingredient, South Melbourne opened it’s doors late last week and while it’s a smaller space than our Prahran store, our passion and the quality of our products is as strong as ever.

Here’s a look through the shop and some of the products on the shelves on Coventry Street, South Melbourne …

Dressed for Spring, Part 2.

We love dressing for Spring. Bold sauces, gentle vinaigrettes, robust oils and fruity vinegars can bring out flavour and add depth to vegetable dishes and crunchy salads.

As we move into the warmer months we are embracing the dressing and all its combinations. Here we’re looking at even more beautiful produce we have in-store right now to brighten up your Spring – and Summer – cooking….

Dressed for Spring

Looking out the window, it may be hard to believe but it’s Spring time in Melbourne. The sun will creep through those clouds, eventually, so we are celebrating the coming warmer weather with a collection of stunning oils – including our new season olive oil – mayonnaises, vinegars and other condiments to bring out the vibrant, fresh flavours of your Spring and Summer table.


The Essential Ingredient verjuice

Unlike vinegar, which is created through a fermentation and aging process, verjuice is the fruity and delicately acidic juice of un-ripened grapes.

The subtlety of both verjuice’s flavour and acidity makes it a wonderful substitute for vinegar or citrus juice, particularly in dishes with subtle and complex flavour profiles.

Verjuice is perfect for deglazing a pan and creating a sauce. Use …

Banyuls Traditional Wine Vinegar

It’s no secret to anybody interested in cooking that the quality of the ingredients you use plays a big part in the quality of the finished product.

It’s also true that the more you know about these ingredients, the more you’ll think of interesting and varied ways of using them.

Vinegar has a permanent place in most cuisines and in most kitchens, and as with the equally ubiquitous olive oil, to get …

The Essential Ingredient Barrel-Aged Red Wine Vinegar

The Essential Ingredient Barrel-Aged Red Wine Vinegar is made using traditional processes from the juice of high quality Australian Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

Aged in American Hogs Head wine barrels for two years, this red wine vinegar epitomises the ‘classic style’, with a complex flavour profile that adds more than a simple touch of acidity to your cooking.

Our red …

The Essential Guide to Vinegar

The name ‘vinegar’ comes from the French ‘vin aigret’, literally ‘sour wine’.

Vinegar covers all acetic fermentations where alcohol is converted into acid, regardless of the base material. Sherry, cider, wine, malt, rice and fruits can all be used in its production. In Australia, acidity levels must exceed 4% for a product to be labelled ‘vinegar’.

As one of the world’s great …