Food Network Editors' 50 Favorite Groceries

Want to eat like the Food Network staff? These are the essentials that we really love.

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January 09, 2019
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Beans, Grains, Flour and Pasta

Our editors rely on these items for baking, breakfast and everything in between.

King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

The serious (and novice) bakers among us reach for this employee-owned company's flour because of its "consistent protein content." And especially when it comes to baking, we don't like to leave anything to chance.

Buy It: Amazon, $4.74

Goya Canned Beans

Black, pinto, kidney, navy — Food Network editors go for the "never mushy" Goya brand.

Buy It: Amazon, $1.39

McCann Irish Oatmeal

We love oatmeal. Specifically, the Quick and Easy steel cut oats from McCann. They're ready in five minutes!

Buy It: Amazon, $6.99

DeCecco Pasta

Our go-to pasta for weeknight meals. Bucatini no. 15 and Cavatappi no. 87 are favorite shapes.

Buy It: Amazon, $2.49

Rustichella D'Abruzzo Durum Wheat Pasta

For special meals editors splurge on this pasta from the Italian town of Penne. We love the Casareccia shape — and the penne is pretty great too.

Buy It: Amazon, $18.49

Uncle Ben's Ready Rice

Microwaved and ready in only 90 seconds, this is a convenience product that one editor says saves dinner when she doesn’t have time to make a side. Try the Basmati, Pinto Beans & Rice and Whole Grain Medley.

Buy It: Amazon, $2.69

Beverages

These are our editors' must-have drinks.

Califia Farms Unsweetened Almond Milk

One editor swears this is the "best" almond milk out there. Even better than making your own because "who really has time for that?"

Buy It: Amazon, $4.29

Oatly! Oatmilk

A few of our editors' have tried "every" vegan milk out there and have settled on this oaty brand — the original version, to be specific. Snag it if you see it. The shortage is real.

Buy It: Amazon, $5.39

Trader Joe's Organic Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate

A very budget-wise editor saves "tons" of money making their own cold brew from TJ's concentrate.

Buy It: Amazon, $17.69

La Croix Pamplemousse Sparkling Water

We have one editor that is a fanatic for this flavor. There are always cases in our test kitchen fridge (FYI, we recycle all those cans!).

Buy It: Amazon, $24.26

Condiments

Our staff spices up everything from pizza to salads with these grocery staples.

Marco Polo Ajvar

This red pepper spread with eggplant and garlic is one editor's "absolute favorite" condiment. She thins it with water and vinegar and drizzles over scrambled eggs, grilled chicken, pizza, "basically everything." Even her little kids like it.

Buy It: Amazon, $15.05

Frank's RedHot

Classic. This cayenne pepper sauce is the go-to hot sauce for many of us.

Buy It: Amazon, $5.49

Sir Kensington's Mayonnaise

Looking for a mayo you can feel good about? One editor is a fan of Sir Kensington's because it's made with free-range eggs.

Buy It: Amazon, $4.90

Maille Traditional Dijon Originale Mustard

"Sharp" but "balanced" this fancy French mustard is the Dijon-style favorite for vinaigrettes and sandwiches.

Buy It: Amazon, $4.59

Colman's Original English Mustard

This is our other favorite English-style mustard. Hot and bright yellow, one editor uses Colman's on "everything."

Buy It: Amazon, $18.99

Bonne Maman Strawberry Preserves

One editor always has a jar of this on hand: 1) because its "delicious" and 2) the empty wide-mouthed jars make great storage containers.

Buy It: Amazon, $4.29

Brad's Organic Medium Salsa

"It tastes unbelievably fresh," swears an enthusiastic editor.

Buy It: Amazon, $10.62

Convenience Foods

These grab-and-go options are great for busy weeknights and kid-friendly meals.

Trader Joe's Simmer Curry Sauce

We have lots of TJ fans at Food Network and their line of convenience Indian sauces saves us time and money.

Buy It: Amazon, $7.65

Annie's Mac and Cheese

For those of us with kids, this is the go-to boxed mac 'n' cheese — Shells & White Cheddar are the best.

Buy It: Amazon, $1.79

Rao's Homemade Marinara

It’s on the pricey side but one editor thinks that this tomato sauce is totally worth it.

Buy It: Amazon, $13.67

Trader Joe's Pizza Dough

One editor swears she has saved "hundreds of dollars" by making her own pizza. She buys bags of TJ's dough and always stores a couple in the freezer and leaves one thawed in the fridge.

Dairy

Our editors rely on these products for cooking and snacking.

Kate's Homemade Sea Salted Butter

Many of us buy two kinds of butter: unsalted for baking and cooking and salted for lathering on bread. We can’t get enough of Kate's (made in Maine) — it's creamy, delicate and delicious.

Buy It: ShopRite, $3.99

Arla Original Cream Cheese Spread

One editor seeks out this creamy and tangy cream cheese because it doesn't have any added thickeners or stabilizers. (Look for it in the tube too.)

Buy It: Amazon, $2.69

Cabot Seriously Sharp Aged Cheddar Cheese

We don’t all have fancy cheese budgets at Food Network, so we're happy that this sharp Cheddar is available in most grocery stores. It's good with plain crackers, but it also totally "deserves a cheese plate spot," according to an editor here.

Buy It: Amazon, $3.59

Ronnybrook CreamLine Milk

We're fans of whole milk, and we love how the cream rises to the top of this delicious, unhomogenized milk. Shake and enjoy.

Buy It: Amazon, $3.99

Siggi's Icelandic-style Skyr

A few of our editors prefer this thick Icelandic yogurt over the Greek kind. And siggi's is the absolute favorite. If you can find the triple cream, we say go for it. "It may be better than ice cream," says one editor.

Buy It: Amazon, $5.49

Meat & Seafood

For a solid source of protein, our editors turn to these meats and seafoods.

SNOWS By BUMBLE BEE Chopped Clams

Briny and tender with a slight chew — these chopped clams make an easy weeknight pasta dinner for one editor and her husband.

Buy It: Amazon, $2.09

Applegate Naturals Genoa Salami

One editor eats slices of salami (with a squirt of mustard) as a midnight snack.

Buy It: Amazon, $4.99

Trader Joe's Smoked, Apple Chardonnay Chicken Sausage

TJ's fully cooked sausages can be heated up quickly in a skillet, in the oven or on a grill and are a flavor that "everyone" in the family likes.

Bell & Evans Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs

Most of us pass up chicken breasts for the more tender and versatile (and cheaper) chicken thighs. They're great in everything from stir fries to stews.

Genova Albacore Tuna, in Olive Oil

Beyond classic tuna salad, we like this canned fish on salads and in pasta dishes. The oil is a bonus, flavor-packed drizzle.

Buy It: Amazon, $27.36

Pantry

Our pantries are always stocked with these staples.

Knorr Chicken Flavor Bouillon Cubes

"I'm not ashamed to use bouillon!" One editor appreciates the quick convenience of these umami-packed cubes.

Buy It: Amazon, $4.80

Imagine Free Range Low Sodium Chicken Broth

If we don’t have homemade stock in the freezer (or bouillon in the pantry) then this "not too salty" chicken broth is the preferred brand.

Buy It: Amazon, $3.58

Chaokoh Coconut Milk

One editor swears by this coconut milk and implores us to seek it out because "it's totally worth it."

Buy It: Amazon, $14.98

California Olive Ranch Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

"Affordable." "Fruity and balanced." "Perfect for vinaigrettes and sautéing." It's unanimous — we all love this olive oil and it can be found just about anywhere.

Buy It: Amazon, $32.99

Pomi Strained Tomatoes

"Look for the box in a sea of cans." That's one editor's advice on how to find his favorite brand of tomatoes.

Buy It: Amazon, $3.69

Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt

We use this flaky brand of kosher salt in our test kitchen as well as in our homes kitchens.

Buy It: Amazon, $2.64

Bragg Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar

Many of us consider ACV essential in any pantry and this organic brand is the favorite.

Buy It: Amazon, $6.99

Snacks & Sweets

Our editors keep these treats at their desks and in their kitchens.

Justin's Maple Almond Butter Squeeze Packs

Some of us are busy parents and love the convenience of these nut butter packets for kids' lunches packed with apple slices or whole wheat crackers.

Buy It: Amazon, $1.34

Aldi Specially Selected Chocolate Chip Brioche

One editor thinks Aldi (a discount supermarket chain) is the bees knees — especially this chocolate-studded bread, which her son loves toasted.

Buy It: Aldi, see store for pricing

RXBARS

"Essential for car trips," one of us always keeps these protein-packed bars in their glove box.

Buy It: Amazon, $38.99

Chips Ahoy! Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft and chewy, a package of these is always "hidden on top of the fridge," says one editor.

Buy It: Amazon, $3.56

Tate's Bake Shop Chocolate Chip Cookies

For editors who prefer a crunchy cookie, Tate's is the go-to.

Buy It: Amazon, $11.71

Triscuit Reduced Fat Crackers

One editor swears that these whole grain wheat crackers "go with everything" and are "perfect for a cheese plate."

Buy It: Amazon, $2.98

Quaker Buttermilk Ranch Rice Crisps

"Nostalgic" of their childhood, these crunchy ranch snacks are one editor's midnight snack.

Buy It: Amazon, $16.34

Archer Farms Sunny Cranberry Trail Mix

Target's mix of cranberries, golden raisins, almonds, sunflower seeds and pepitas hits the spot during snack time for one editor.

Buy It: Target, $9.99

gimMe Organic Roasted Seaweed Snacks

Who needs potato chips? Crispy and with flavor choices like sea salt and sesame, these snacks have converted many of us into seaweed lovers.

Buy It: Amazon, $20.28

Kirkland Signature Organic Tortilla Chips

A self-admitted Costco-obsessed editor eats these chips while making dinner. Do yourself a favor and buy two bags.

Buy It: Costco, see store for pricing

Simply Balanced Freeze Dried Fruit

This brand can be found at Target and the sweet and uber crunchy peaches are a favorite.

Buy It: Target, $3.99

Blue Diamond Bold Salt 'n Vinegar Almonds

While nothing can replace our love for salt and vinegar potato chips, these almonds are a great substitute. Someone at Food Network eats these salty, sweet and tangy almonds "by the handful."

Buy It: Walmart.com, $8.98