15 Ingredients Every Southern Grandmother Has in Her Kitchen
Grandma’s kitchen is the stuff of magic. It’s warm, welcoming, and always stocked with delicious Southern food. Whether she’s making homemade buttermilk biscuits or decadent strawberry shortcake, Grandmother’s place is far better than any 5-star restaurant. But what vintage ingredients are the secret to her stellar cooking? Read on to find out.
Why Grandma forever insisted on having at least 5 cans of condensed milk in her pantry we’ll never understand. Perhaps she wanted the luxury of whipping up a batch of Hello Dolly Bars at a moment’s notice. No matter the reason, if there’s ever a condensed milk shortage, we know who has the goods.
Is it even a Southern kitchen without a bit of Crisco hiding away in the cupboard? It’s the secret to Grandma’s famous fried chicken, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Club Crackers, usually displayed in clear jars, are a true staple item at Grandma’s. My Meme serves them with ham and Dijon mustard for the perfect afternoon snack.
This holiday treat is available at Grandma’s place year-round, and it’s permanently placed on the “kid-high” table for unaccompanied grazing.
Open the door to Grandma’s pantry and you’ll inevitably spot a bag of Goldfish crackers perched on the top shelf. (They’ll be of the XTRA Cheddar variety if you’re lucky.)
Raise your hand if you actually like Spam. Not even you in the back? Well Grandma never fails to have it on hand in case someone suddenly develops an incurable hankering for unidentified meat.
Homemade Sweet Tea
Count on an ice-cold pitcher of homemade sweet tea awaiting you at Grandma’s. It’s the only cure for a hot, Southern summer day . . . but that doesn't stop us from guzzling it in winter.
These unmistakable golden-plastic-wrapped treats usually live in an antique candy dish on Grandma’s bedside table. Butterscotch is her signature flavor.
Okay, we know it’s less of an ingredient and more of an item to put ingredients inside, but this mysterious little container is always hiding out in the back of Grandma’s refrigerator. Don’t question what’s in it – we never worked up the courage to ask.
We can forever rely on Grandma to put on a pot of fresh coffee on a sleepy Sunday afternoon. In fact, some of life’s best lessons are learned whilst sipping a cup with Grandma.
Whether she’s serving it on the side of juicy strawberries or topping off a homemade banana pudding, you’ll never catch Grandma without a container of Cool Whip.
Canning and pickling – every Southern Grandma’s favorite hobby. These colorful jars (usually packed with fresh-from-the-garden vegetables) adorn her kitchen shelves.
Syrup stays tucked away in Grandma’s pantry until the perfect occasion: a big family breakfast complete with waffles, pancakes, and bacon to boot.
Eternally hungry grandkids mean Grandma often has to pull something tasty together stat. The refrigerator door is predictably stocked with fresh deli meat to create a praiseworthy sandwich on the fly.
Speaking of sandwiches . . . Grandma never fails to have a full jar of mayonnaise on hand, and it’s Duke’s of course, because that’s the Southern way.