Cookbook giveaway - Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry

Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical PantryBlogger Cathy Barrow focuses on food preservation which naturally leads to maintaining a "practical pantry." She's just released her first cookbook, Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry. You can learn more about Cathy's favorite cookbooks in our author interview.

We're delighted to offer four copies of Cathy's book to EYB Members. Click on the contest below to view all of the entry options. One of the options is to answer this question in the comments:

Which unusual food can always be found in your pantry?

Please note that you must enter the comment after signing into Rafflecopter or your entry won't be counted. The contest ends December 1, 2014.


  • sgump  on  11/3/2014 at 7:05 PM

    Dried seaweed (ah, so I used to live in Japan . . .)

  • Sharylmk1  on  11/3/2014 at 7:06 PM

    dried ancho chile peppers

  • bching  on  11/3/2014 at 7:24 PM

    Dried puffball powder--I am an avid mushroom hunter and puffball powder is a umami bomb.

  • Brooke1118  on  11/3/2014 at 8:37 PM

    Moonshine from Tennessee. I guess that's odd to many people.

  • southerncooker  on  11/3/2014 at 9:00 PM

    A can of Korean bugs.

  • hillsboroks  on  11/3/2014 at 9:14 PM

    I always have nut oils, flavored vinegars and fresh ginger on hand.

  • Meista  on  11/3/2014 at 11:36 PM

    I have a lot of oils and vinegars of different flavours that most people probably wouldn't normally. Currently about 5 different vinegars and ten different oils!

  • jammydodger  on  11/4/2014 at 2:24 AM

    Mirin and miso paste is about as weird as it gets at the moment, I'm afraid. Except maybe for the hearts in the freezer.

  • Kerrey  on  11/4/2014 at 6:03 AM

    Lots of South American spices.

  • Titch  on  11/4/2014 at 6:35 AM

    None :(

  • mzgourmand  on  11/4/2014 at 8:40 AM

    Tamarind paste - in a block of tamarind pulp or already strained.

  • Sarabclever  on  11/4/2014 at 9:09 AM

    sardines. I don't think that's weird, but plenty of people seem to...

  • babyfork  on  11/4/2014 at 10:08 AM

    Smoked duck breast, thinly sliced and a homemade onion confiture with red wine and cassis.

  • wester  on  11/4/2014 at 10:56 AM

    Walnut, hazelnut and sesame oil.

  • lavenderashgrove  on  11/4/2014 at 12:15 PM

    Pomegranate molasses.

  • decklededges  on  11/4/2014 at 12:23 PM

    Nutritional yeast

  • deucemom  on  11/4/2014 at 5:05 PM

    many Indian and Asian spices my friends think are extraordinary, nothing too unusual

  • ae.bell  on  11/4/2014 at 6:00 PM

    Nothing particularly unusual. I don't have enough storage space!

  • FieenaZ  on  11/4/2014 at 8:04 PM

    In the freezer- beef tongue

  • cambridgecook  on  11/4/2014 at 9:15 PM

    pomegranate juice

  • infotrop  on  11/4/2014 at 11:03 PM

    I have some friends who are gluten free, so I have a variety of non-wheat flours & starches...I keep experimenting with different combinations.

  • GillB  on  11/5/2014 at 1:46 AM

    Kelp salt

  • jenniesb  on  11/5/2014 at 6:29 AM

    Ever since I started cooking from Ottolenghi and Tamimi's books, I've been keeping dried barberries on my shelf!

  • jd5761  on  11/5/2014 at 6:35 AM

    yeast flakes

  • vinochic  on  11/5/2014 at 2:05 PM

    lots of healthy things these days: goji berries , hemp hearts, brown rice syrup, cacao nibs, nutritional yeast, teff, freekeh. tempeh, dried nettles..

  • BarbaraM48  on  11/5/2014 at 4:30 PM

    Caster sugar,British self rising flour,white Lily flour

  • Queezle_Sister  on  11/5/2014 at 7:15 PM

    duck fat (freezer)

  • ahering97  on  11/5/2014 at 8:24 PM

    Coconut milk

  • rivergait  on  11/5/2014 at 8:40 PM

    Not my pantry exactly, but I always have homemade sauerkraut in the garage refrigerator.

  • cookinginvictoria  on  11/6/2014 at 12:08 AM

    Dried hominy to make posole, an assortment of dried chile peppers (mulato, guajillo, ancho), duck fat, and smoked salt.

  • kalex426  on  11/6/2014 at 4:22 AM

    NoT That unusual but I always have capers in my pantry

  • milgwimper  on  11/6/2014 at 9:21 AM

    Rice different sorts, grits/polenta,beans,dwaenjjang (korean miso), and gochujjang (korean red chile bean paste)

  • kimtrev  on  11/6/2014 at 12:42 PM

    I always have an assortment of grains. Right now, it's purple barley, black rice, glutinous rice, farro, buckwheat groats in addition to the usual white & brown rice.

  • sallyjoy  on  11/6/2014 at 6:31 PM

    Black garlic and fresh wasabi leaves and root.

  • matag  on  11/6/2014 at 6:52 PM

    Fish sauce

  • raechef1  on  11/7/2014 at 8:31 AM

    Pumpkin seed oil.

  • mskonieczny  on  11/7/2014 at 11:51 AM

    dried wild mushrooms

  • ravensfan  on  11/7/2014 at 6:14 PM

    annatto powder

  • pwsnook  on  11/8/2014 at 8:49 AM

    Unusual condiments bought at farmer's markets or specialty store sale shelves. Right now I have a jar of Pear Ketchup I'm waiting for just the right moment to use.

  • pgarcia  on  11/8/2014 at 4:10 PM

    Many interesting spice blends.

  • amylou61  on  11/9/2014 at 8:51 PM

    I always have a jar of pickled baby beets in my pantry, that I buy at a local farm market. I love them!

  • tinaellen  on  11/9/2014 at 11:43 PM

    Bone marrow butter

  • tjnelson1hotmail  on  11/10/2014 at 9:30 PM

    Tien dried peppers...can't make spicy Asian food without them!

  • sharifah  on  11/11/2014 at 9:18 AM

    Mostly Malaysian ingredients which my friends find quite strange - shrimp paste, dried fish crackers, dried squid crackers, dried tamarind skin, etc, etc

  • kidzcook  on  11/13/2014 at 7:10 AM

    Homemade chipotles in adobo

  • stitchan  on  11/13/2014 at 7:33 AM

    Natto ,love it!

  • homeeccentric  on  11/13/2014 at 2:15 PM


  • reno2014  on  11/13/2014 at 4:07 PM

    Bison jerky. Some of my friends think it is strange, but bison done anyway is good for you.

  • cupcakemommy  on  11/13/2014 at 4:40 PM

    Soy nut butter and sunflower butter

  • cupcakemuffin  on  11/13/2014 at 4:45 PM

    coconut oil

  • elizam  on  11/13/2014 at 4:46 PM

    Sezchuan pickled vegetables - they are amazing!

  • Julia  on  11/13/2014 at 5:01 PM

    Mirin, fish sauce, orange flower water, rose water.

  • smccandless  on  11/13/2014 at 6:36 PM


  • Thredbende  on  11/13/2014 at 7:48 PM

    Home cured and smoked bacon from the heritage pig Horace my sister raised for me. The belly was 3 inches thick AFTER curing because these breeds were not bred to be slender. The flavor of the bacon is eye crossingly good.

  • onewetfoot  on  11/13/2014 at 8:19 PM

    Rose extract.

  • Nancith  on  11/13/2014 at 8:31 PM

    pickled watermelon rind

  • calmond79  on  11/13/2014 at 11:44 PM

    Nutritional yeast!

  • JanScholl  on  11/14/2014 at 12:01 AM

    I think I have a mustard from every country in Europe. I must have the most condiments ever.

  • SLane  on  11/14/2014 at 1:04 AM

    I have too much of many things in my pantry but I am guessing that having a reasonable stock of dried beans could be classed as unusual ?

  • t.t  on  11/14/2014 at 2:44 AM

    I don't know how unusual it is, but I always have konbu and katsuobushi to make my own dashi...

  • chawkins  on  11/14/2014 at 3:51 AM

    A lot of strange things in my pantry, off the top of my head: dried squids, dried octopi, dried shrimp, dried oysters, dried scallops, salted eggs, thousand year old eggs, shrimp paste, nori, preserved turnips, preserved mustard greens.

  • hihelen_westbrook  on  11/14/2014 at 5:16 AM

    Gochujang. Love it!

  • RickPearson54  on  11/14/2014 at 9:39 AM

    Job's tears

  • nicolthepickle  on  11/14/2014 at 4:38 PM

    Liverworst and Dropjes (salted black licorice)

  • sallypv  on  11/14/2014 at 5:51 PM

    It may not be the most unusual, but my new favorite is Turkish marash pepper.

  • weetzie188  on  11/15/2014 at 4:23 PM


  • trudys_person  on  11/15/2014 at 7:30 PM

    Molasses! Love it!

  • lucycury  on  11/16/2014 at 8:55 AM


  • Mimmi  on  11/17/2014 at 7:08 AM

    Tamarind paste!

  • rahiscock  on  11/18/2014 at 4:07 AM

    Marinated artichokes

  • contest718  on  11/20/2014 at 12:03 PM

    apple butter. macadamia oil. coconut oil.

  • Analyze  on  11/20/2014 at 3:26 PM

    I'm always using things up to keep them fresh, so this probably won't always be in my pantry, but at the moment I made a dish with bonito flakes, seaweed, wasabi powder, and soba noodles, which were all pretty new to me. Delish!

  • rstuart  on  11/21/2014 at 8:37 PM

    Nothing unusual, beyond an excess of baking ingredients!

  • dbcurrie  on  11/22/2014 at 12:05 PM

    Not sure how unusual it really is, but I always have semolina flour.

  • ballen  on  11/24/2014 at 7:10 AM

    Masa Harina -- always on hand for making chili.

  • msophelia  on  11/25/2014 at 3:22 PM

    Joe's Stuff - a seasoning blend that my husband discovered while living in New Orleans.

  • fluffysammy  on  11/25/2014 at 4:24 PM

    My homemade Sautern Jelly which i use in everything from casseroles to crumbles

  • JulesCk  on  11/25/2014 at 4:35 PM

    I guess it's not that unusal but I always have cocoa nibs!

  • ckline  on  11/25/2014 at 5:58 PM

    Nothing unusual, but I do like dill relish instead of sweet in a lot of recipes.

  • diannerh49  on  11/25/2014 at 6:36 PM

    Anchovies, artichoke hearts

  • robinj  on  11/25/2014 at 7:08 PM

    8 kinds of vinegar, from 30 year old balsamic to banyuls

  • Ericalgr  on  11/25/2014 at 11:19 PM

    Pine nuts

  • chikadulce  on  11/26/2014 at 8:04 AM

    My pantry is pretty basic, but I probably have at least 5 different grains. Plus the usual canned goods, pastas, cereals, etc.

  • Cjelineo  on  11/26/2014 at 11:39 AM

    We have capers, fish sauce and feta cheese at all times. Not sure how unusual☺️

  • Thredbende  on  11/26/2014 at 9:15 PM

    Concentrated venison stock.

  • zubs1990  on  11/27/2014 at 7:56 AM

    Tomato jam.

  • chach  on  11/27/2014 at 1:07 PM

    many different kinds of flour

  • wanderlustdream  on  11/28/2014 at 7:46 AM

    Miso paste. Makes for a very richly flavored roasted chicken and broth. :)

  • smallan  on  11/29/2014 at 6:20 PM

    Frozen pigs feet. Homemade duck gizzard confit (in duck fat).

  • bomika  on  12/1/2014 at 11:40 AM

    I'm pretty much traditional southern; nothing very unique!

  • jluvs2bake  on  12/1/2014 at 5:16 PM

    Are grape leaves unusual? If so, grape leaves!

  • lebarron2001  on  12/1/2014 at 5:50 PM

    Chocolate infused balsamic vinegar

  • Simmer1949  on  12/1/2014 at 5:57 PM

    Rice flour to make Brazilian cheese bread, but that really isn't an unusual item just one I don't use very often. I am curious when one would use chocolate infused balsamic vinegar. Going to look it up right now!

  • tmcginty  on  12/1/2014 at 6:21 PM

    Smoked salt

  • JessieBsMom  on  12/5/2014 at 1:42 PM


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