Maison LeGrand Sauces

Helen Rosner

I discovered these squeezable pouches at my local grocery store two weeks ago, and now I can't believe my fridge condiment tray ever looked so bland. Mayo and mustard? Fine, but not nearly as exciting as sun-dried tomato pesto or garlicky tzatziki. Run by a Canadian couple, Maison Le Grand produces four types of freshly-made, cold-pressed pestos—including a four-nuts-and-cheese variety, my personal favorite—alongside two tapenades and one tzatziki, all in squeezable plastic pouches. The flavors are fresh, and the consistency is smooth and surprisingly not oily. Cram them into the fridge, and then, sans utensils, add a dollop or two to pasta sauces, marinades, and dips. I like to spread them on sandwiches or whisk a bit into a vinaigrette for an extra layer of flavor. Once open, the the sauces keep refrigerated for up to three weeks—or they can be frozen for months, if you can manage to stay away from them.

Maison Le Grand pestos and sauces, $7.98 at select groceries including Whole Foods Market