Living in the Netherlands also means living with the Dutch culture. For some people, it might come easy, but many of us struggle until we gain the confidence to enjoy their sometimes quirky ways. It takes many attempts to master the art of Dutch birthdays, after all. If this is you, tune in, because this doesn’t have to be the case anymore! With this complete guide, you won’t only Dutchify your kitchen but learn some of the key elements to their way of living too. They say ”You are what you eat” for a reason.
The Grocery List for a Dutch Kitchen
1.Pindakaas and Pindasaus
Dutchies love their share of peanuts, so much that it is everywhere from toppings to soups to sauces. Pindakaas means peanut butter, but don’t confuse it with the ones that you’ve had before. In the Netherlands, it is less sweet and often crunchy. For a full effect, buy the biggest Calve jar they have.
Pindasaus is a warm and runnier version of Pindakaas, you can add coconut milk or milk to turn your Pindakaas into this. It is best enjoyed with almost everything from fries to meat do so don’t be shy!
These little sweet sprinkles are hard to miss at any supermarket. They can be found in a whole isle in many flavours. Flaked ones, thin ones, coloured ones and the ones that for some reason contain the word ”Muisjes (Mice)” on the package. First of all don’t panic. You can go for the chocolate ones to begin with and work your way up to the fruity ones and enjoy the ”Muisjes” at baby showers either blue or pink depends on the gender of the baby.
How to use: First spread a generous amount of butter on your bread, then add the Hagelslag to your liking. Enjoy it anytime of the day, at any age!
Speaking of candies, how can we miss Drop? These black coloured liquorice candies are not for the untrained tastebuds, so be warned. There are about 80 different kinds of this treat and you can take your pick from salty or sweet ones with different hardness levels. Our advice is to start by tasting it from friends first before you purchase a whole box. The day you find yourself reaching for that drop jar in your kitchen is the day your Dutchiness will reach a whole another level! So better start training!
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Dutch people love spreading stuff on their bread. It is often something hard to identify drowned in mayonnaise and probably tastes better than it looks. So far so good. And then there is Filet Americain. It is a spread which contains raw meat, capers, onions, mayonnaise and seasoning. Yum and as raw as it gets!
Although there are some heated arguments about how healthy it is to consume raw meat these days, it is still enjoyed by many Dutchies like there’s no tomorrow. Intrigued? Enjoy this delicatessen on bread with sliced raw onions or boiled eggs.
When it comes to condiments in the Netherlands, you can never go wrong with throwing some mayonnaise on most of the food here but in this case, it is time to go big or go home. Having this little gem on the table would not only impress the Dutchies but you will also thank us for your feasting tastebuds. In order to achieve maximum joy, get the biggest bottle of Hela brand curry ketchup you can find, preferably in a ”2 for 1” deal packaging.
6.Must Have Gadgets: Cheese Knife and Potato Masher
Cheese and potatoes are the unquestionable royal members of any Dutch kitchen. Therefore, a proper cheese knife and a potato masher are very, I mean very, important. Just arrived in the Netherlands and want to enjoy few museums and be the wandering tourist? No can do! If you are to stay for more than a week in this country, get that knife and the masher, put it in your kitchen and then continue your life feeling more Dutch already. You’ll thank us later.
7.Seasonal Faves: Kruidnoten, Pepernoten and Chocolate Letters
Seeing twinkling lights around, some guy kind of resembling Santa Claus is popping everywhere with his black faced friends then it must be almost December. If you step into any supermarket around this time (and earlier and earlier every year) it is hard to miss the section with small cookies, chocolates and even costumes.
Kruidnoten are the sweet-spicy round small cookies you either don’t eat or finish the whole bag if you decide to taste. Traditionally being thrown at the kids by Zwarte Piet. Pepernoten are the chewy, square shaped cookies that are often very hard that might brake your teeth and understandably not meant for thrown around for hazardous scares. After purchasing the biggest bags of the cookies, it is always fun to buy some delicious chocolate letters to give friends and family or even enjoy yourself!
To conclude it all, now that you have quite a bit of the necessary items, spread the word and invite some people over for your first borrel until we come back with the Part 2!
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