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How would you build up a kitchen store cupboard from scratch?

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mumof1littlebun · 12/07/2019 10:08

I'm trying to use up what we have, partly to save money and partly to use up everything so I can start again. We don't eat horrendously but would like to have a fresh start and try to get healthier. What would be basics that we should always have in? Trying to cook a lot more from scratch as find we spend a fortune!

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Magpiefeather · 12/07/2019 10:14

Tinned tomatoes
Tomato purée
Herbs - basil, Oregano, rosemary, thyme
Spices - turmeric, chilli, Garam masala, cumin, paprika

Stock cubes

Baking powder

You can tell we eat a lot of pasta dishes, curries and chillis! All healthy though :)

IShitGlitter · 12/07/2019 10:16

i scratch cook most days and my staples are:
stock cubes beef chicken and veg
garlic paste
ginger paste
soy sauce
wocheshire sauce
siracha sauce (i use it in my stir frys)
tomato puree
chilli powder
chilli flakes
ground corriander
mixed herbs
5 spice
mixed spice

IShitGlitter · 12/07/2019 10:17

oh yes tinned tomatoes we use alot of them as a base oh and a good curry powder

mumof1littlebun · 12/07/2019 10:25

Thank you for the replies. We actually have a lot of those items in! Think I need to look for new recipe ideas instead of the same chilli, meatballs etc!

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Magmatic80 · 12/07/2019 10:29

I would go about it the opposite way. Buy olive oil, salt and pepper, but then meal plan religiously and buy staple things you need that week as you go along at your weekly shop. If you’re changing your staple diet, you’ll need different things and you won’t know what routine you’ll get into with regards to favourite ‘new’ meals until you get into it.

Plus it’s cheaper to build up week by week.

Magmatic80 · 12/07/2019 10:32

We meal plan together on a Friday after work by going through the recipe books, then go shopping after dinner that evening. Is lovely and quiet because all those with lives aren’t shopping on a Friday night so is pleasant experience looking around for new things to have, which don’t get bought then, but are thought about at next week’s meal planning session. We prob have at least one new meal a week. Look in weekend papers and supermarket mags for recipe ideas too, some my best ever meals have come from the Waitrose mag!

AnnPerkins · 12/07/2019 10:35

Red and green lentils

All good alternatives to pasta, rice, potatoes if you fancy a change.

Tinned fish: tuna, anchovies

If you don't already, try the world foods aisle in the supermarket for cheaper store cupboard staples like spices, dried pulses, tinned pulses etc. You might get some inspiration for something different there as well.

caperplips · 12/07/2019 10:46

we generally have tinned goods like tomatoes, cannelloni beans, kidney beans, baked beans.

Olive oil, sunflower oil, extra virgin olive oil and rapeseed oil

sugars - granulated, caster, soft brown and dark brown

Honey, chocolate spread, jam & marmalade

Flour - plain, self raising and OO bread flour

baking soda and baking powder

sultanas, choc chips, good quality vanilla extract, food colourings and cake decorations (sprinkles etc), bun cases

Stock pots - chicken, beef and veg

Herbs and spices - loads of these but most commonly used - sea salt and black pepper in grinders, oregano, thyme, chilli flakes, rosemary, paprika etc

tea - breakfast, earl grey, peppermint

coffee - ground beans for the filter machine and a tin of good instant expresso for baking

cadburys hot chocolate, bournville cocoa

pasta - lots of shapes usually including macaroni, spaghetti, penne

Rice - long grain white, arborio risotto and brown rice

breads of various types

biscuits and treats

condiments - mustard - wholegrain, dijon and english. Sweet chilli sauce, soy sauce, plum sauce, tabasco, worstershire, ketchup, mayo,
pickles, chutneys, etc

this and a similarly stocked freezer allows meals to be made quickly no matter what else is happening

But it has taken a long time to build it to this level and it does take some maintenance to make sure things don't go out of date if shoved to the back etc

Frith2013 · 12/07/2019 10:48

My store cupboard contains:

Kidney beans
Butter beans
Baked beans
Herbs and spices
Cous cous
Big cous cous!
Soy sauces
Fish sauce
Tomato and brown sauce
Mixed fruit
Sesame seeds
Coconut - dessicated, milk and cream
Emergency jars of pasta sauce and pesto
Lasagne sheets
Dried milk for yoghurt making
UHT for yoghurt making
Icing sugar

Frith2013 · 12/07/2019 10:49


A jar of hotdog sausages

TanselleTooTall · 12/07/2019 11:10

We always uave in:
Dried noodles
Jasmine rice and brown rice
Tuna, salmon, anchovies, sardines tins
Corned beef
Dried legumes

Canned sweetcorn from Aldi/Lidl/Waitrose. The only tinned corn that is better than frozen. Very crisp, sweet and fresh textured.

Tinned potatoes. I used to turn my nose up at items like this (don't ask! Mother was a snob!) I now realise how brilliant they are. Slice and toss with corned beef (plus other extras of course) for a quick hash. Slice and sautè in butter with seasoning for a no fuss side dish. Good texture as they are waxy pots.

Tinned legumes for emergency food

The standard flour, baking flour, sugar etc as mentioned already.

A couple of jars of sauces or curry sauces for quick meals - like for chilli, tikka, sweet and sour, honey mustard chicken sauces, pasta sauce etc. Great for last minute meal. These are usually on standby as I make everything from scratch.

Golden syrup and maple syrup

Jumbo oats

Large selection of Baxters soup tins. I found these are the nicest for the price bracket. Me and son love the Scotch Broth with a handful of cooked pasta thrown in. Cheap and filling. Daughter loves any soup flavour so long as it's covered in cheese!

Pank breadcrumbs. Make the crispiest, lightest coating with a lovely crunch. I cover breast strips in panko or fish fillets. Really good.

Condiments like tartare, english mustard, horseradish, cranberry and mint. Pretty much covers for everything, meat wise. Ketchup and mayo, obviously.

We always have a few bottles of HiJuice stashed in my cupboard.
Longlife juices

Many tins of Condensed milk, coconut milk (only from Aldi or Lidl as theirs is 97% coconut content - the highest and best out there for just 69p per tin!) And evaporated milk.

I think that's it.

TanselleTooTall · 12/07/2019 22:50

Oh blimey. Don't tell me I've gone a ruined the thread!
I was only trying to help..!

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