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Pasta, eggs and golden syrup: your definitive store cupboard essentials

From "stuff I could whip up into a decent meal after being away on holiday for two weeks" to "the basics for a decent variety of meals in the house at all times," we present the definitive Mumsnet store cupboard, fridge and freezer list. You'll never go hungry again.

By Mumsnet HQ | Last updated Jun 1, 2021

store cupboard essentials

Pasta, rice and pulses

  • Dried pasta
  • Rice
  • Couscous
  • Oats
  • Dried noodles
  • Lentils
  • Polenta

 

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Tins

  • Baked beans
  • Cannellini beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Tomatoes
  • Sweetcorn
  • Tuna
  • Anchovies
  • Sardines
  • Coconut milk
  • Soup

Fruit and veg

  • Garlic cloves
  • Onions
  • Lemon/lemon juice
  • Fresh chillies
  • Ginger

Oils, herbs and condiments

  • Selection of dried herbs
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Black and white pepper
  • Soya sauce
  • Marmite
  • Tabasco
  • Wasabi paste
  • Vinegar
  • Mustard (both kinds)
  • Fish sauce

Store cupboard stuff

  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Henderson's relish
  • Tomato purée
  • Stock cubes/pots
  • Flour
  • Several types of sugar
  • Jam and honey
  • Baking powder
  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Nuts
  • Jars of olives
  • Dried fruit
  • Instant yeast
  • Golden syrup
  • Mango chutney
  • Peanut butter
  • Tea and coffee
  • Mustard powder
  • Dark chocolate
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Fridge

  • Jar of mayonnaise
  • Eggs
  • Chorizo
  • Crème fraîche
  • Plain yoghurt
  • Cream cheese
  • Selection of cheeses
  • Tomato ketchup 
  • Brown sauce
  • Butter/spread

Freezer

  • Frozen vegetables
  • Fish fingers
  • White fish steaks
  • Prawns
  • Frozen berries
  • Pastry 
  • Chips
  • Mince

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