Ina Garten Never Puts These 4 Ingredients within the Fridge: ‘They’re Better at Room Temperature’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Want to prepare dinner like Ina Garten? The longtime host of Food Network’s Barefoot Contessa at all times retains sure meals on her counter. Take a web page from the movie star chef’s e-book and get one step nearer to emulating the relaxed luxurious vibes of her “barn” in East Hampton, New York, the place she movies her cooking present. 

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Ina Garten retains garlic, eggs, oranges, and lemons on the counter

In a YouTube video for NYT Cooking, Garten a.ok.a. the Barefoot Contessa gave a tour of her “barn.” She shared that she has sure components on the counter when she’s baking or cooking. What are they? Garlic, oranges, eggs, and lemons. 

“They’re better at room temperature,” she defined within the video. “Eggs are better at room temperature for baking and lemons are better at room temperature because they have more juice.”

Simply depart the components in a bowl on the counter for a kitchen a la Garten. 

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The movie star chef additionally retains spoons on her counter 

Garten doesn’t simply preserve bowls of garlic, eggs, and citrus fruits on her counter. She additionally retains tasting spoons inside attain. 

“I’m always picking up something and stirring or tasting something, and I just buy antique silver spoons — they’re really inexpensive — and I just put them in a jar and leave them on the counter,” she stated. 

Nestled in with the tasting spoons are just a few spatulas and whisks. Last however not least Garten retains butcher blocks on her kitchen counter. 

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“They’re really important,” Garten stated of the kitchen staple. “I have lots of them. If you take care of them they last forever.” 

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What the Barefoot Contessa retains in her fridge 

Now that Garten’s shared what she retains out on the counter, what goes within the fridge? The 72-year-old’s fridge retains perishable gadgets but in addition one ingredient many individuals preserve of their pantry: vinegar. 

The Barefoot Contessa’s fridge has vinegar of various varieties, she instructed Food and Wine in a September 2020 interview.

“For anything I’m making, if it has like a little splash of vinegar, it just gives it an edge and wakes everything up,” she stated. “And I keep them in the fridge.”

“I know a lot of people keep them in the pantry. I might take hell for this, but I just find that they don’t develop bacteria in the fridge,” she added. 

Also in her fridge is normally champagne, vodka, and when Garten impulse-buys on the grocery retailer, a pint of Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream. 
As for the Barefoot Contessa’s pantry, it’s at all times stocked with mustard, marinara sauce (Rao’s model particularly), chocolate, salt, and what she refers to as “good” olive oil.

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