Can’t find that special recipe element or product? Come to Main Ingredient’s Online Shop! Today’s feature: extracts

Finding that Main Ingredient
South African supermarkets seldom stock unusual or exotic ingredientsespecially if you live outside a major centre like Cape Town or Johannesburg. 

If you love good food, and follow author chefs like these* or programmes like Masterchef or Top Chef, you will often find that sourcing products that they call for in a recipe can be a challenge in South Africa.

We have access to many of the exciting ingredients and products that we all see in their recipe books or on the food channel programmes.

Main Ingredient has been filling that need since 2002 – we find the best and most unusual ingredients you are looking for and you can find them in our online shop. 

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Do you bake? It seems a no-brainer when the cakes and biscuits available in the supermarket are very expensive and really not always terribly good and often taste of fake vanilla or other ersatz flavours. You may not be aware that we carry a very good range of real extracts for baking and dessert making from the United States. We stock 11 Nielsen Massey extracts which have real flavours and are world famous. Do not confuse fake “essences” with real extracts; they are chemical concoctions whose flavour can never compare with the real thing. If you watch the Food channels you will often see the professional chefs using them. They are strong and true to the flavours and last very well. Check our online shop to see more details and prices

Go to our Online Shop to see these and the  rest of our range of products

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Some Famous chef/ authors:

*Bill Granger, Elizabeth David, Ferran Adria, Jamie Oliver, Julia Child, Katie Stewart, Marco Pierre White, Nigella Lawson, Ottolenghi, Prue Leith, Raymond Blanc, René Redzepi (Noma), Rick Stein, River Café, Robert Carrier, the Roux Brothers and Sam & Sam Clark (Moro)
If you’re on holiday in the Cape, or if you’re lucky enough to live here, have a look at our list of ongoing attractions – picnics, special restaurant menus, fun ideas for sundowners and things like that

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Our Events Calendar lists food and wine related events in the Western Cape in date order

We can take you on a tour to some of the best wine farms and restaurants in the Cape. Tell us what you like and we’ll design the tour for you around your preferences. 
Our website tells you more 

Our old Product List became obsolete, so we deleted it. Rather look at our shop for Argan oil, Asafoetida, Chipotles, Confit de canard, Duck fat, Extracts (Nielsen Massey), French patés, Goose fat, Grains of Paradise, Hazelnut oil, Mirin, Preserved lemons, Puy lentils, Ras el hanout, Raspberry vinegar, Rillette, Rose Water, Sherry vinegar, Sumac, Tarragon vinegar, Truffle products, Vanilla, Walnut oil, Za’atar