We are out of nearly everything. What larder items should I buy?(5 Posts)
Putting this on food and on good housekeeping threads.
We are out of nearly everything so I am going to do a big supermarket shop online later. What should I buy to keep in, from butter to freeze to bin bags, from many tins of chopped tomatoes to loo roll, from salt to herbs.
I need to be able to make cheap, nice quick and easy meals so things good for the stock cupboard and the freezer helpful.
Thank you! I am a bit flummoxed by what to get as we need so much.
pasta, rice, bulghur/couscous
stock cubes (veg, chicken, beef)
tinned fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel)
cheese (freeze grated)
long life cream
sour cream/creme fraiche
frozen veg (spinach, peas, peppers, leeks, mixed veg, green beans)
other fresh veg as desired
long life fruit juice
tinned veg (peas, corn, chick peas, kidney beans)
roasted red peppers
salt and pepper
smoked salmon trimmings
cleaning fluid stuff
washing up liquid
It's a tough question, we don't really know what your family do and don't eat, do you cook from scratch or live on microwaveables, or a bit of both, etc.
If I were you I'd start with a meal planner,
sit down with a piece of paper and scribble down what you'll have every day of the coming week. It may take time but will save you money as you won't be buying in the spur of the moment and then having to chuck away.
If you cook from scratch a lot, pasta dishes are one great way to save. With 1-2 fish fillets, 1 chicken breast or 200g meat you can make a pasta sauce that'll comfortably serve four or more. Healthier and cheaper than getting a chicken breast or chunk of meat per head. You only need to add some veg, or 1/2 - 1 jar of pasta sauce.
The same goes for mixed veg/rice dishes, by adding a little meat/chicken/fish to that you're making your expensive animal protein go very far.
I find that shopping online is already a great way to save, you fill up your basket, check the total and if it's over your budget, just go through the basket again and delete things you don't really need, or those that can wait till next week, etc.
Hope this helps a bit
Oh by the way, if you do go overboard a bit and buy too many things with a short shelf life, keep checking your fridge and if you see something that's not going to be eaten in the next couple of days, stick that in the freezer.
Thank you that is brilliant. Great ideas.
We are two adults and one baby and cool mostly from scratch excluding things like bread and we have no microwave.
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