07/26/2012 09:09 am ET | Updated Aug 31, 2012

Recipes To Clean Out Your Cupboard: Fish Sauce, Tamarind And More

If you like to experiment with cooking different cuisines, you're cupboard probably looks like ours: a chaotic and crowded stockpile of great, exotic (and sometimes not-so-exotic) ingredients we've used once, maybe twice. From preserved lemons to ponzu, most of us well-stocked home cooks have all the ingredients necessary to make any recipe under the sun. The only problem is, we usually don't.

It's easier to prepare something you know than search for recipes that make use of those unfamiliar ingredients. But you're in luck, because we did the work for you. Click through the slideshow below to get recipes for some of the most common uncommon ingredients.

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