A visit to Kalustyans is always an adventure. I’m making homemade Corned Beef and one of the ingredient is Salt Peter, which is sodium nitrate to keep the meat pink, Kakustyans is the only place I could find that sold it so off I went.
Who knew? Drumsticks to me are always chicken related, not a vegetable. This just struck me as funny, Purple Condiment? In part it’s a translation thing. It is also called French Violet Mustard. Not sure why they don’t call it Grape Mustard? But whatever you call it, sounds delicious and vaguely reminiscent of Concord Grape Ketchup. And at $37.60 it sure better last a long time! As the name might imply simple syrups are really easy to make: sugar, water and what ever flavoring you might want. I’m not sure why you would want fenugreek simple syrup, cocktails maybe? But it is nice to know that Royal Rose has you covered for all your simple syrup needs. Organic and made in Maine, so if you can’t be bothered to make it yourself this is probably your best bet Used in the middle ages for Bubonic Plague. Don’t think it worked so well 😉 Made from Thistle flowers now people use blessed thistle as a tea and used for: loss of appetite and indigestion; and to treat colds, cough, fever, bacterial infections, and diarrhea. It is also used as a diuretic for increasing urine output, and for promoting the flow of breast milk in new mothers. Something about these sounded kind of ominous to me: Bladderwrack? Can’t be good 😉 Turns out it’s a kind of seaweed that cure, well pretty much everything: Bladderwrack is used for thyroid disorders including underactive thyroid (myxedema), over-sized thyroid gland (goiter), and iodine deficiency. It is also used for obesity, arthritis, joint pain, “hardening of the arteries” (arteriosclerosis), digestive disorders, heartburn, “blood cleansing,” constipation, bronchitis, emphysema, urinary tract disorders, and anxiety. Other uses include boosting the immune system and increasing energy.
Kalustyans is so much more than a food store! OK so I thought this was for making chewing gum…wrong! It is for cocktails and used to be common then were slowly replaced by simple syrups ,which are easier and cheaper to make. Small Hand Foods has brought back this artisanal syrup are simple syrup with gum arabic to add viscosity. White nuts? Turns out this is another name for Ginkgo Nuts.
I it when going shopping can be so educational!