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The best locally-made pantry staples can help you fulfill your COVID cooking dreams. Especially since COVID's biggest lesson so far, apart from the incomparable value of masks and hand-washing, is that a well-stocked pantry is a culinary lifesaver.
Before our first lockdown, when we lived in ignorant bliss, sparing no thought for our next bag of coffee or flour, jar of jam or pound of pasta, we didn't realize how essential these items would soon be. Practically cut off from our restaurant lifelines, we dove deep into our cupboards, scrutinizing contents to solve the daily dinner riddle. Coming up for air, we realized that not being prepared, just like the boy scouts warned, meant interminable days of mediocre meals.
Happily, we live in a cosmopolitan city, bursting with artisans and top-notch food purveyors. We're blessed with some of the best pantry products money can buy, made right here at home. When you long to jolt your deprived tastebuds back into service, look no further than the best locally-made pantry staples Toronto has to offer. From kimchi and crackers to nut butter and tortillas, give these products space in your home and you'll soon wonder how you ever lived without them.