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Store cupboard essentials(15 Posts)
I have come to the realisation that I am not very good at food shopping. I go, wonder aimlessly and then get home and realise that half of the things that I need are missing.
There’s is often little in the cupboards so I end up going regularly and I am sure it is costing more.
I think that half of the problem is that I often run out of basic things without realising it. I am a proper adult with a child and a professional job who most people would call organised so this isn’t good enough.
So please could you help and hit me with your list of essentials that you never run out of?
It sounds like making a meal plan could help?
I tend to always have:
Tinned tomatoes, beans (baked, chickpeas, cannelini), tinned sweetcorn, tuna/salmon/sardines, lentils, pasta sauce
Pasta, rice (including a few of those microwave pouches), dried noodles, couscous, microwave pouches of lentils/grains
Honey, jam, peanut butter, small bag of flour and sugar
Soy sauce, mayo, mustard, stock cubes, Bisto, a fajita kit, a whole random selection of spices including smoked paprika, cumin, harissa
In the freezer I have bread, frozen veggies, frozen fish fillets, prawns frozen fruit, mince, chicken breasts
I also have eggs, milk, cheese, yoghurt and a box of oats ...I can make a few different breakfast/lunch/dinner combos with that lot
A very basic store cupboard for me would be
Rice - basmati and risotto
Dried legumes - chickpeas, Cannellini beans, lentils, split peas
Tinned chickpeas and butter beans
Olive oil, butter, ghee
Additionally, I always have garlic and ginger on hand as well as celery, carrots, onions and potatoes. I count these as “store cupboard” because they last ages.
I frequently cook meals from what’s listed here as I’m often too lazy to go to the shops. I do have a fully stocked spice cupboard as well as many condiments, which helps.
P.S I aspire to being a “proper adult” but don’t think I will ever get there!!
And forgot fish fingers/cakes and chips
I usually go with a rough meal plan in mind but I like to be able to see what is in offer so it sometimes changes. It’s then that I need to have the basics store in place.
Thank you so much everyone. I am going to make a list, buy what I need and then tick it off as it is used so that I remember to buy more.
I use the term proper adult loosely. By that I mean that I am in my 30s and should be better at this.
In my head I am still 12.
yellow split peas
tinned red kidney beans
chicken stock cubes
vegetable stock cubes
I don’t tend to keep the cupboards loaded but I have enough so I can always cobble something together. Other than the obvious pasta, rice, tinned tomatoes, baked beans, tuna, sweetcorn kidney beans, flours, yeast, I think the things I use the most are the spices, seasonings, balsamic vinegar, a few dried herbs (but tend to use fresh), soy sauce and various condiments. I also tend to always have baking potatoes and sweet potatoes, wraps, onions, garlic, chillies, ginger in which all last pretty well and come in handy. Fridge always has a couple of different cheeses, eggs, creamcheese, bacon and like to keep a bag of frozen fish fillets in the freezer.
Whiteboard in the kitchen solved my problems take last tin of tomatoes out of cupboard on the board. Now don't run out of essentials.
I'm actually just looking at an Ainsley Harriot cook book and it has a great list of store cupboard essentials at the beginning. Jack Monroe's books also have similar.
Also yes yes yes to meal planning. Base it initially on what you've got in the house then top up what you need to make meals.
In freezer usually:
Couple of pizzas/garlic bread
Spare loaf of bread
Usually have in:
Beef mince to make bolognese sauce
I was like this also! In my 30s, 2 children and I work and I was going to the supermarket every single day- still managed to feel like we had no food.
I started meal planning on a Sunday and then shopping for it, but also bulk bought some essentials like -
Variety of herbs and spices - chilli powder, curry powder, paprika, cumin, turmeric, mixed Italian herbs, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice.
Then when I went shopping I just added the fresh stuff -
We do tend to eat vaguely the same things week in week out, but once you have the essentials it’s really easy to top it up. I have a meal planner and list pad stuck to the fridge so I can add to it as we run out. It definitely works out cheaper to do it this way and far less stressful too.
I also found if you’re stuck what to make (and lack imagination like me) if you list a few of your ingredients in google some recipes will come up!
My Basics are
Milk - at least 2 x 4 pints.
cheese - Cheddar, philli, dairylea & parmesan. And I always 1 big block of cheddar for grated as it's cheaper then ready grated.
Lunch things - ham, chicken slices, yogurts
Fresh veg - carrots, broccoli. Plus whatever leafy green veg look good
burgers - both chicken & beef
Mince - large and small
Joints of meat = Pork, beef, chicken and Lamb
Chicken Nuggets - plain, spicy and southern fried.
Plus any freezer meals I've made or leftovers
Tomatoes - chopped - large and small
- puree - tin and tube
Spaghetti - large & small
Beans - Large & small
Rice - normally boil in the bag as we don't eat a lot of rice
pasta n sauce
chinese bits - soy, oyster, hoisen sauce
salt & pepper
chinese 5 spice
You can build your herbs and spices as you need them.
Joints of meat I tend to buy them when they are on offer and buy a larger one and cut it half and freeze separately.
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