While lard has been replaced by vegetable oils in many modern kitchens, it's an old-fashioned ingredient that can produce incredibly flaky and flavorful pastry crusts and fried foods.
Molasses is a sweet syrup that adds rich, deep flavor to baked goods, marinades, and barbecue sauces. It was once a common sweetener before refined sugars became widespread.
Tapioca pearls or tapioca flour can be used to thicken puddings, pies, and stews. They create a unique texture and have been used for centuries in various cuisines.
This savory sauce made from fermented anchovies, spices, and vinegar can add complexity and depth to soups, stews, and marinades.
The zest of lemons (or other citrus fruits) adds bright, citrusy flavor to both sweet and savory dishes. It's an old-fashioned ingredient that's regaining popularity for its versatility.
Almond extract is a classic flavoring for baked goods. Just a small amount can impart a rich, nutty aroma to your recipes.
Prunes, dried plums, are often associated with their digestive benefits, but they can also add natural sweetness and a unique flavor to both sweet and savory dishes.
Vinegar has been a staple ingredient for centuries, and different types of vinegar, such as apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, and balsamic vinegar, can add acidity and complexity to various dishes.